South Africa's Opposition Party Seeks Early Elections Over Corruption

Trevor Jackson
August 11, 2017

Zuma, who has held power in Africa's most industrialized economy since 2009, has now survived nine no-confidence votes despite a record in office marred by allegations of sleaze and influence-peddling.

The scandal-hit president has, so far, survived several no-confidence votes due to these accusations.

Last year, the opposition lost a vote of no confidence by 253 votes to 143, after attempting to prove Zuma "violated the constitution" by using state funds to renovate his homestead in Nkandla.

"The vote is secret but your conscience will remain with you".

Duduzane Zuma is the son of President Zuma and has been linked to many dubious deals.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says that his party will bring a motion to dissolve Parliament.

When commenting the result on Tuesday night, Zuma noted that the repeated attempts to remove the ANC from the government "will never succeed". Opposition parties hope it will encourage disgruntled legislators with the ruling African National Congress party to vote against Zuma.

The call for the eighth motion of no confidence in Zuma came after he reshuffled his Cabinet on 30 March, a move that saw then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, sacked.

"You are trying to get a majority you do not have, by saying secret ballot, I think it's unfair, because you are trying to increase a majority you don't have, " he said. A similar replacement process kicked into gear after the ANC recalled former President Thabo Mbeki in 2008.

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Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa, a unionist-turned-business tycoon, is viewed as her most likely rival after ANC alliance partners trade union federation Cosatu and the South African Communist Party (SACP) endorsed him for the top post.

At the time, she said she had no authority in law or in terms of the rules of Parliament to determine that a secret ballot be used.

South Africa's rand weakened almost 1.5 percent immediately after the news of Zuma's victory, with markets perceiving his survival as a negative.

The motion fell short of the 201 votes need to oust Zuma.

Monday's surprise announcement on the vote, which could end Zuma's presidency, was made by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete at a news conference in Cape Town. Marches against Zuma and, by the ANC Cape Town region, for Zuma.

The party holds a majority of Parliament's 400 seats.

"I have faced seven kinds of vote of no confidence".

But the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said it was looking forward to its Constitutional Court case against Zuma in September.

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