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South Africa's Zuma survives no confidence vote

South Africa's Zuma survives no confidence vote

I have today submitted a motion calling for the National Assembly to be dissolved.

The African National Congress (ANC) could face court challenges if it goes after members who voted in favour of a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. "South Africans need to be given the opportunity to make their voices heard at the polls". Some 177 MPs from the opposition and ANC voted in favour of the motion, while nine MPs abstained in the effort created to remove the controversial president from office.

MPs celebrate an unsuccessful vote of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma on August 8, 2017 in the National Assembly in Cape Town. They have no regard for the will of the people as expressed through the outcomes of the 2014 general elections where 62% of the electorate gave the ANC a mandate to govern this country until the next general elections.

Zuma has survived multiple attempts by the opposition to remove him from power, as he has faced growing anger over multiple allegations of corruption while the economy has slid into recession.

"The work of Parliament should focus on service delivery as these motions are proving to be a waste of state funds, causing senseless instability and compromising service delivery, therefore, opposition parties owe a public apology to the nation".

In a statement circulating in this capital, the ruling party underlined that this move by the DA, which has a notable membership of white lawmakers, confirms that Tuesday's voting against President Zuma was in fact an effort to change this country's regime through Parliament. It did not say how and if it would discipline members who did not tow the party line.