Ahead of an anticipated motion of no confidence against embattled South African President Jacob Zuma, dozens of supporters have gathered outside the parliament to show their support for the president.
The supporters clad in party colours were singing and dancing, whiles others were chanting “We love you Zuma,” outside the Parliament in Cape Town.
The main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) pushed the motion, its third attempt at unseating Zuma through a motion in the legislature.
The debate comes in the wake of the former Public Protector’s State Capture report implicating President Jacob Zuma in his relations with the wealthy Gupta family.
Updates from no-confidence motion
The opposition who initiated the vote process kicked off the debate through its leader, Mmusi Maimane. According to him, it was time for the legislators to put South Africa ahead of the President.
“Indeed, the only time we ever talk about our Constitution in this House is when we debate how our President has violated it. This is not right. And today we have a chance to say to the people of South Africa: You, the people, matter more than the politicians.
“Today we have a chance to show that, on Team South Africa, we all want what’s best for our country: a South Africa free from poverty and unemployment.
“A South Africa that works. A country that treats its job creators as heroes. A country that says to the world: we are open for business. A country that says to the unemployed: you have a future.
“We have a chance to build a South Africa based on fairness and justice. A country where the innocent are protected. A country where powerful people who abuse their power face the consequences.
“The ANC leadership must choose between the president on one hand, and the ANC and the people of South Africa, on the other hand.”” he said in parts.
ANC accuses DA is “unsatisfied complainant”
The ANC through Minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation of South Africa, Nomvula Mokonyane, labeled the opposition DA as “unsatisfied complainants.”
She described the opposition leader as a “black face to protect white minorities.” A reference that brought about a back and forth about racial profiling of a member of the legislature.
The ANC said it was ready to vote and that it would continually defend the record of Jacob Zuma.
The DA party has called on the ANC to respond to the calls of South Africans for Zuma to be removed from office.
But the governing African National Congress’ (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday that the motion like others before it “has no chance of succeeding.”