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Zuma survives ouster bid to maintain grip on power

The motion was defeated by 198 votes to 177.

President Jacob Zuma survived a no-confidence motion in parliament, ensuring that he’ll maintain his grip on power until at least the end of the year.

The motion was defeated by 198 votes to 177, Baleka Mbete, the speaker of the National Assembly, announced at a sitting in Cape Town. Nine of the 384 lawmakers present in the assembly, where the ANC has a 62% majority, abstained.

The move could backfire on the ANC as it prepares to contest elections in 2019 with Zuma’s public approval rating running at an all-time low. Opposition parties could point to the fact that the ANC had an ideal opportunity to remove Zuma and take a stand against corruption but didn’t use it, according to Dirk Kotze, a politics professor at the University of South Africa.

“The failed motion of no confidence reinforces the status quo,’’ Kotze said by phone from Pretoria. “The current political crisis in the ANC will just deepen. It’s a lose-lose situation for them at this point.”

The outcome of the vote weighed on the markets, with the rand slumping as much as 1% against the dollar after the vote outcome was announced. The currency was at 13.3656 per dollar at 6:44 pm in Johannesburg.

 

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Investor confidence

Zuma’s tenure has been marred by a succession of scandals and policy missteps that have weighed on investor confidence and sent the economy into recession. He’s clung to power thanks to the support of most of the ANC’s top leaders, many of whom rely on him for their cabinet posts and government jobs. He’s due to step down as ANC leader in December and as president in 2019.

The opposition filed its latest motion of no-confidence in April after Zuma fired Pravin Gordhan as finance minister, a move that prompted two ratings companies to downgrade the nation’s debt to junk and sparked massive public protests.

Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Cape Town before the debate to demand Zuma’s removal, and security personnel sealed off streets and erected barricades around the parliamentary complex. Anti-Zuma demonstrations also took place in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

South Africa’s top court ruled last year that Zuma broke his oath of office when he refused to repay taxpayer funds spent on his private home. A report by the Public Protector in November said that Zuma and some ministers may have breached the government’s code of ethics in their relationship with the Gupta family, who are in business with Zuma’s son. Zuma and the Guptas deny wrongdoing.

Anti-Apartheid struggle

The ANC led the fight against apartheid rule and has governed Africa’s most-industrialized economy since it took power in the nation’s first multi-racial elections in 1994.

Disgruntlement with Zuma’s leadership contributed to the party’s worst-ever electoral performance in a municipal vote in August last year and several of its senior leaders have warned that it’s in danger of losing its overall majority in 2019 elections.

“This win will be the continuation of a weakened and precarious form of power for him, because overall it remains a serious embarrassment,” said Susan Booysen, a politics professor at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Governance. “It is a situation that has put a massive amount of stress on the ANC itself.”

© 2017 Bloomberg L.P

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Tonight will be the night of the long knives. Now Zuma can get rid of most of his enemies.

The whole world knows how corrupt he is. Now the whole world knows how corrupt the ANC is. The party comes first. So keep on voting for this corrupt party…..

This proves that the ANC is a criminal organization. Luthuli House is the head office of the largest crime syndicate in SA. Don’t expect the ANC to improve the situation, they will only worsen a bad situation. The ANC is rotten to the core and for any member of the ANC to claim that some are honorable, is like previous members of the National Party claiming they did not support apartheid. If you are not criminal and corrupt, you won’t be a member of the ANC. It is that simple

Maybe the time is right for the tax payers to institute their own action plan, of withholding tax payments, and for employers to delay tax payments on behalf of their employees.
Two months of no tax receipts will bankrupt the government

Zuma survived the no confidence vote, but if I was him I would not celebrate at all at the score. Discontent will only grow. His only strategy is to stay in power for as long as possible. However, he is surely leading the once glorious party to certain destruction. Unfortunately, the rest of South Africa suffers too.

Comforting to know that immigrant family – that makes racist comments about Blacks – stands ahead of South Africans in the minds of the ANC. Just like Mugabe, Zuma isn’t happy with the destruction he has sown and wants time for more madness and mayhem. The reasons for most of the continents decay on display today.

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