Another attempt to remove President Zuma from power has ended without any success. The motion of no confidence brought by the DA against Zuma on March 1 2016 has come to an end with Zuma still in power.
During the voting, 225 MPs voted against it, 99 in favour while 22 chose to abstain.
The Parliament was on fire with strong debate among political parties. They booed, shouted and called each other names as they debated Zuma’s fitness for the office of the president.
The house was made up of two groups– opposition parties pleading with the ANC to let President Jacob Zuma go and the ruling party singing Zuma’s praises.
Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said that like the ruling party, President Zuma was born out of struggle and resistance.
“You like it, you don’t like it. We liberated you from your shackles,” she blasted the opposition.
She said the international community had confidence in Zuma and his leadership, and opposition parties could not change that. She also suggested a motion against the opposition parties who are trying to disrupt Zuma’s leadership.
“This should be a motion against the opposition,” she said.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa implored the ANC to take Zuma back since the country had voted for the ANC, and they had given the country Zuma.
He said it was their responsibility to now “take him back”.
IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said the motion of no confidence can only be futile if the ANC would use their majority to vote against the motion.
The DA called Zuma a “one-man wrecking ball” and a “sell-out” with their leader Mmusi Maimane accusing the ANC members of not looking at what was best for South Africa.
Meanwhile, Cope’s Willie Madisha, who was finally evicted from the house said the ruling party MPs must carry the full blame of funding a government that was too big and too bloated.
He used the firing of former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene to buttress his point that the country should get a new president.
When his time was up, MP Madisha refused to stop and instead continued with his speech while the deputy speaker Lechesa Tsenoli asked if he was deaf.
The APC’s Themba Godi said they did not have any confidence in the DA.
However, he called the motion a joke and said it brought nothing new.
“Yes we agree President Zuma must go at the end his term.”
EFF MPs refused to be a part of the debate, choosing to instead sit quietly throughout the loud exchanges.