With an ease that South Africans must have gotten used to from his past two no-confidence votes, President Jacob Zuma sailed easily through his third no-confidence vote in under a year as politicians from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) once again showed overwhelming support for him.
This is despite the fact that prior to the third no-confidence vote, President Zuma had faced an increasing amount of criticism from within and without the party.
After the State Capture report raised more allegations of misconduct on President Jacob Zuma’s part, the criticisms had only gotten worse, yet the ANC politicians still ignored the opposition calls for his removal from office.
The opposition led by Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), had made a rather passionate case for the President’s dismissal. In a fiery debate to the Parliament, Maimane said;
“To put it plainly, we can choose Jacob Zuma, or we can choose South Africa.
“Many of you have been speaking out against him in recent weeks … I know that there are men and women in these ANC benches who want to do the right thing.”
With the ANC’s parliamentary majority, the third no-confidence vote ended with 214 MPs voting against the opposition’s motion of no-confidence and 126 MPs backing it. There were a total of 59 absentees.
The bigwigs at ANC are apparently not convinced enough to drop President Zuma although the State Capture report released by the country’s top watchdog raised accusations of possible criminal activity in Zuma’s relationship with the Guptas, a business family accused of wielding undue political influence through the President.
President Zuma’s second term is meant to end in 2019 and after that he will not be eligible to run for President again and even if that thought is not comforting enough, the ANC is due to elect a new party leader at the end of next year and the party could then decide to replace him as head of state, but for now President Zuma has still not fallen.