S’Africa’s president, Zuma, survives impeachment vote

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 18, 2016 shows South African President and South African ruling party African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma arriving to attend the National Executive Committee (NEC) ordinary meeting at the St. Georges Hotel, in Centurion, South Africa. South Africa's top court announced on March 31, 2016 that Jacob Zuma "failed to uphold" the constitution. MUJAHID SAFODIEN / AFP

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 18, 2016 shows South African President and South African ruling party African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma arriving to attend the National Executive Committee (NEC) ordinary meeting at the St. Georges Hotel, in Centurion, South Africa. South Africa’s top court announced on March 31, 2016 that Jacob Zuma “failed to uphold” the constitution.<br />MUJAHID SAFODIEN / AFP

South African President Jacob Zuma easily survived an impeachment vote yesterday after a stormy session of parliament over a court ruling that he had violated the country’s post-apartheid constitution.

Lawmakers from Zuma’s African National Congress (ANC) rallied to his defence, defeating the motion by 233 votes to 143 despite growing pressure for him to resign over the scandal.

During the debate, Zuma was likened by the leader of the main opposition party to a “large and malignant tumour” on the ANC, which came to power in 1994 with the election of Nelson Mandela and the end of white-minority rule.

“When the highest court in the land ruled that the man occupying the highest office violated the constitution, it should have been the end of President Zuma,” Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance, told the assembly. “Corruption has infected the entire party like cancer.”

Acknowledging that the ANC would use its overwhelming majority to defeat the impeachment motion, Maimane said that “when ANC MPs defend President Zuma and his corrupt acts, they will show that they are complicit in the spread of the disease”.

He vowed the ANC, which convincingly won the 2014 general elections, would pay the price when voters return to the polls.

The Constitutional Court last week issued a damaging ruling against Zuma overspending of public funds on his private residence.

As lawmakers on both sides shouted insults at each other, the firebrand leader of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema, said that “Zuma and the ANC want to convert South Africa into a banana republic”.

Speaking on behalf of the ANC, Deputy Justice Minister, John Jeffery, said that any impeachment bid required a “serious violation” of the constitution. While “the Constitutional Court judgment stated that the president failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution”, it did not find a “serious” contravention, he said.

The opening of the debate was suspended for more than an hour after opposition parties called on Speaker Baleke Mbete – who is chairwoman of the ruling party – to rescue herself.
She refused.



3 Comments
  • Omooba

    Yes, the day the blackman was delivered from the moulding block, came out without shame, honour, self-pride and prestige. No surprise that the continent has always been led by tyrants without such personality qualities. Makes Africa a laughing stock over and over again. I wonder if any Nigerian leader past and present will be morally right to come out and condemn him.
    Any need to sacrifice Zuma. History is replete of his kind and so shall it be in the foreseeable future. It is the way we are and continue to be perceived.

    • amador kester

      Well omooba thats the type of creature does business with, signs 100 mous with and addresses your national assembly. It means nigeria fell down,down the ladder of sanity

  • amador kester

    Its not possible to pass a no confidence vote on an international cabalistic creature like zuma s..j. He is a burden that weighs heavily and helplessly on the neck of south africa.

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