The National Assembly has voted against impeaching President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday night as he survives yet another motion of no confidence brought by Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane in Parliament. After a fiery debate to unseat Zuma, 143 MPs voted in favour while 233 voted against the motion. There were no abstentions.
Members of the parliament on Tuesday debated the removal of Zuma, with regards to a motion filed by DA leader Mmusi Maimane to unseat Zuma.
This motions follows the ruling by the Constitutional Court last week that Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he did not comply with the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s instructions regarding the non-security upgrades to his Nkandla abode.
The Quest To Unseat Zuma
DA leader Mmusi Maimane opened the debate by reminding the MPs why the nation elected them and urged them to the right thing and unseat Zuma.
“When we were elected to parliament, we swore an oath to uphold the constitution. It was therefore our duty to table this motion today.
“In his judgement last week, the Chief Justice was scathing about the conduct of the ANC parliamentary caucus and the presiding officers.
“We know the ANC will fall in line behind Zuma, but it is not our job to worry about that.”
On the other hand, EFF leader Julius Malema said: “I don’t know if Mr Ramaphosa is going to vote against the constitution.” Same for Gordhan and Jonas. “It is better to stand alone and stand for the truth!”
He added that Zuma “wanted to convert South Africa into a banana republic.”
Bantu Holomisa says Zuma has “put the country at a crossroads”.
Deputy Justice Minister, John Jeffrey led the ANC’s defence of Zuma, saying: “What opposition now, with the benefit of hindsight, say was crystal clear, was not so crystal clear.”
Malema blatantly told the speaker of the house that she is not qualified to preside over the debate as she has been compromised. The opposition demanded at the beginning of the debate that Speaker Baleka Mbete recuse herself because she was not impartial which she declined.
Malema told the speaker: “You are not qualified to tell me to sit down. You are not a Speaker. You are sitting there illegally. You violated the constitution. We cannot discuss Zuma with you presiding over this matter!”
Speaker Baleka Mbete responded: “Nothing in the constitution or in the rules requires me to recuse myself. The judgement makes an order relating to the National Assembly.”
However, all efforts by the opposition MPs to convince the ANC MPs to vote to unseat Zuma was useless.