The main opposition Democratic Alliance party said after the vote that "the majority of the ANC have chosen corruption"
Members of the ruling African National Congress applaud as the results are read of a no-confidence vote by MP's in parliament in Cape Town South Africa, Tuesday Aug. 8, 2017. photo: AP/Mark Wessels, Pool, photo: AP/Mark Wessels, Pool
08 of August 2017 14:46:11
JOHANNESBURG – South African President Jacob Zuma again survived a no-confidence vote in parliament Tuesday in the most serious attempt yet to unseat him after months of growing anger over alleged corruption and a sinking economy, while his party that has ruled since the end of apartheid continued to fracture.Zuma survived six previous attempts to dislodge him in parliament, but this was the first held by secret ballot after parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete made the surprise decision to allow it. Opposition parties hoped it would encourage legislators with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party to vote, without fear of retaliation, against Zuma, under whose leadership the economy has slipped into recession.https://youtu.be/i2h3Dew0Gv0Instead, ANC members in the chamber began singing shortly before the results were announced, while supporters outside started to dance. A jubilant Zuma promised the ANC would win the next election in 2019 "in a big number once again," and he dismissed "propaganda" that said his party no longer has the people's support. Then he broke into song."We will never endorse or vote in favor of any motion that seeks to cripple our country," the ANC said, calling the vote an attempt to remove the party from power.Of the 384 votes cast, 177 were in favor of the no-confidence motion and 198 were against, with nine abstentions. The no-confidence motion needed 201 votes to succeed.Dozens of ANC members ended up supporting the no-confidence motion, as the ruling party holds 249 of the 400 parliament seats, five of them currently vacant. Some party members denounced those who voted against Zuma as sellouts, and chief whip Jackson Mthembu said the party would consider disciplining them.The main opposition Democratic Alliance party said after the vote that "the majority of the ANC have chosen corruption, looting" over the country's interests. Its no-confidence motion said Zuma had "lost all sense of rationality and sound judgment," harming the country's poorest citizens.Widespread frustration over Zuma has hurt the ANC, the former liberation movement that has led South Africa since the end of white minority rule and the first all-race elections in 1994. Some longtime party members and anti-apartheid activists have openly called on Zuma to go.On Tuesday, former President Thabo Mbeki said ANC lawmakers must "recall that they are the representatives of the people," according to a video posted by a Nairobi-based journalist on Twitter.