South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has survived a motion of no confidence presented by the country’s main opposition party.
During a parliamentary session on Tuesday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane called out on Zuma accusing him as a ‘sell out’ in a noisy debate.
Maimane wrote to the speaker of national assembly last year requesting legislature debate and votes on the motion of no confidence against Zuma following the sacking of two finance ministers in a week, a move which resulted in a market sell out.
In times like these, we need a President who strives to hold our nation together.
“In times like these, we need a President who strives to hold our nation together. A President with a vision for a more prosperous South Africa, for all who live in it…It is obvious to all that this President is not Jacob Zuma,” Maimane argued in parliament.
Nevertheless, Zuma’s African National Congress (ANC), which controls almost two-thirds of the assembly, backed him.
With 69 per cent of lawmakers voting against the no confidence, Zuma defeated the motion yet again in the spun of less than a year. 225 lawmakers voted against the no confidence motion, 99 voted in favour while another 22 were absent from the session.
Zuma’s term in office has been plagued with scandal from using state funds to upgrade his home in Nkandla Kwazulu and now DA is seeking to reinstate over 700 charges against him.
The DA accuses him of of fraud, corruption and racketeering.