The wait is finally over and the cloud of tension hanging over the Parliament is gradually clearing as the result of the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma has been announced.
Once again, the embattled president has survived yet another attempt to oust him. The African National Congress MPs on Tuesday voted to keep Jacob Zuma as South Africa’s president.
Announcing the results of the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma in Parliament on Tuesday, Speaker Baleka Mbete said that out of 384 total votes 177 said yes, 198 said no and nine abstentions. In other words, Zuma would remain president of South Africa.
Again, the outcome of the secret voting revealed that 40 ANC MPs rebelled against the ruling party. The voting on the motion of no confidence in Zuma was held through a secret ballot in Parliament. Thus, the MPs had the opportunity to vote as they wish without fear of intimidation.
The ANC has 249 seats out of 400 in the House. Opposition parties had needed 201 votes out of 400 for the motion to succeed.
So, all opposition members and at least 50 ANC MPs were all that was needed to vote in favour of the motion for Zuma to resign. Notwithstanding, the vote ended in favour of Zuma even with some of his party members turning against him.
During his speech before the voting commenced, EFF leader Julius Malema came close to being thrown out of Parliament after he called Zuma a criminal. As a result, he was called to withdraw his comments or be expelled. Malema said he would only withdraw the comments because he “wanted to vote the crook out.”
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said he’s still trying to come to terms with the fact that politics in the country has come to this.
“If you had told me that one day our democratically elected president would end up corrupted and captured by a criminal syndicate, I would’ve never believed you.
“But here we are. We may have travelled along different roads, but we have arrived at the same destination.
He called on all MPs to do the right thing by voting for Zuma to resign. Apparently, his call was in vain.