President Zuma Assures that Attempts against ANC will Never Succeed

SA President Zuma faces no confidence secret ballot

South African President Jacob Zuma survived an attempt in parliament to force him from office Tuesday, but was left politically wounded after some members of his ruling African National Congress (ANC) party voted with the opposition.

He dismissed "propaganda" that said his party no longer has the people's support.

PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA: You came in your numbers to demonstrate that the ANC is there, is powerful, is big.

South Africa's Members of Parliament cast their votes in a secret ballot that seeks to remove President Jacob Zuma from his poistion.

Had he lost, he and his entire cabinet would have had to step down. But this was the first time that a no confidence motion was conducted through secret ballot.

The 75-year-old won the presidential election in 2009 and 2014, but became globally popular, not for his role in leading the country into economic prosperity, but for criminal investigations and corruption allegations.

It was unclear if they supported Zuma or were demonstrating against his administration, reports Efe news.

Protesters had carried posters saying "Fire Zuma" and a cartoon of Zuma in a dustbin. Although the ANC holds 246 parliamentary seats, several members have already announced publicly that they would vote against Zuma.

De Kadt believes that the success of the motion is a distant possibility as there are too many things that could influence ANC MPs' decisions to vote against Zuma.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said the ANC is mortally wounded.

Zuma's opponents said the vote was essential to restoring confidence in the government and improving the economy.

This news was greeted with cheers and singing by ANC MPs.

"The sponsor of this motion, the honourable Maimane has said on a number of occasions that President Zuma is not the real target".

Since Tuesday morning, thousands of opposition supporters had protested amidst heavy police presence in front of parliament in Cape Town, where the vote was held, demanding parliamentarians to vote "with their conscience" and remove Zuma from office.

"If the National Assembly is dissolved in terms of section 50, or when its term expires, the President, by proclamation must call and set dates for an election, which must be held within 90 days of the date the Assembly was dissolved or its term expired". Last year, the country's Constitutional Court ruled that the president had to return $15 million in state funds allegedly spent on upgrades to his private home unrelated to security.

Gordhan's sacking led to a string of downgrades to South Africa's credit rating as well as causing the rand currency to tumble.

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