Zuma's Fate Rests With South African Parliament in Secret Vote

Marie Harrington
August 11, 2017

Typically secret ballots are used in referendums to protect the identity of citizens.

Doris Dlakude, deputy chief whip of the ANC in the National Assembly, had urged her members to support Zuma. "They will realize in 2019 when we win in a big number once again".

The downgrades followed a series of corruption scandals, and Zuma is also under fire over his handling of the economy.

Exulted after the defeating the motion, Mr Zuma maintained that his ANC party was united against the Opposition. The party will meet in December to choose his successor.

A motion of no confidence in South African President Jacob Zuma has failed in parliament after months of growing anger over alleged corruption and a sinking economy.

In June, the nation's highest court said it was up to the speaker of parliament to decide whether the vote could be done by secret ballot.

Members of the opposition EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) during a march to the Union Buildings, calling for embattled president Zuma to step down, in Pretoria, South Africa.

"Therefore the vote of no confidence in the president is accordingly negated", Mbete said.

He denies all the corruption allegations against him.

The African National Congress has 249 seats in the 400-seat parliament and the opposition controls 151 seats. However, the fact that the vote will now be held in secret presents an outside chance that those MPs who have been voiceless or fearful thus far will vote with the opposition. If it succeeds, he must resign immediately.

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FOR now Msholozi still remains the President of the Republic of South Africa.

"I think those MPs must recall that they are the representatives of the people and must therefore represent the people in terms of what they decideā€š" said Mbeki.

The ANC parliamentary party celebrated victory over what it described as an attempted "soft coup". A similar replacement process kicked into gear after the ANC recalled former President Thabo Mbeki in 2008.

The motion, brought by the Democratic Alliance, was defeated with 198 votes against and 177 votes for.

The draft also says Zuma has "lost all sense of rationality and sound judgment".

The South African rand tumbled shortly after the news crossed the wires, reversing the previous day's gains. The opposition believed at least 50 lawmakers in the ANC would defect and vote against Zuma.

The decision to hold a secret ballot was announced by the Speaker of the House, Baleka Mbete, on Monday after an earlier court ruling said he had the power to so decide.

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

Zuma has survived seven no confidence motions which were conducted by open ballot. And vote to remove Jacob Zuma today.

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