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Zuma survives Parliamentary impeachment processes

Zuma survives Parliamentary impeachment processes

South Africa

The South African President, Jacob Zuma, has survived an attempt to impeach him after the ruling African National Congress party gave him its backing.

But his long-term future is still in doubt after a string of influential figures called on him to step down.

The country’s Parliament on Tuesday debated a motion to impeach Zuma after the constitutional court ruled that he had violated the constitution by ignoring orders from the public protector to repay part of the $16 million in state funds spent on renovating his Nkandla residence.

The ANC, which controls almost two-thirds of parliament, ensured the president won, with 233 MPs voting against the impeachment motion and 143 in favour.

Last Friday, the battled Zuma in a televised address apologised saying he will pay back some of the money, as ordered. He said he never knowingly or deliberately set out to violate the constitution.

Many many figures in the ruling, opposition party leaders ordinary South Africans and even an anti-apartheid activist jailed alongside Nelson Mandela have called on Zuma to step down.

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