South Africa's Zuma defeats no-confidence vote over graft allegations


South Africa's Zuma defeats no-confidence vote over graft allegations

JOHANNESBURG-South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday survived his second vote of no-confidence this year, as his African National Congress lined up behind him despite deepening allegations of government corruption.

But the governing African National Congress' (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday that the motion like others before it "has no chance of succeeding".

The main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) called for a re-count, a request which the deputy speaker granted. "Our call now is to ensure that the Office of the President is occupied by a woman or man who respects the office and the laws of the land", Maimane added.

Various concerning matters have been raised within the report- with the president, and some of his children being named and linked to questionable business and political deals.

The Democratic Alliance launched the motion following the release of the Public Protector's explosive "State of capture" report.

During the debate ANC MPs complained that the DA was soliciting their votes by sending letters to them to vote against Zuma.

Party leaders said that the ANC would oppose the motion.

The ANC, which has ruled since the first post-apartheid elections in 1994, has seen its popularity dive, with local polls in August delivering its worst-ever result.

"President Zuma's administration has increased the budget for nutrition at schools and every week we see schools being built by this administration that has done well for two terms".

South Africa's highest court this year found the president guilty of violating the constitution after he refused to repay taxpayers' money used to refurbish his private rural house n Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal province.

The veteran parliamentarian said it was not just opposition parties and some civil society groups that were calling for Zuma's head to roll but the demand came from all corners of the country and "even from the lips of stalwarts of the ANC".

When he leaves office, the three leading possible successors are his ex-wife African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize.



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