South African president Zuma survives second no confidence vote
The president of South Africa Jacob Zuma has survived a second scare of the no confidence vote. The no confidence vote comes in as many believe that he has not handled the economy well, in what they say is a reckless handling of the economy. The second motion for Vote of no confidence comes in less than a year.
he vote on Tuesday was won on the support of ruling African National Congress (ANC) lawmakers, who control almost two thirds of the assembly.
The no confidence vote was set up by South Africa’s opposition party, Democratic Alliance (DA), which blames Zuma for the country’s economic failures after he fired finance minister Nhlanhla Nene in December 2015.
Ahead of the vote, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on the party website: “South Africans demand that Jacob Zuma be taken to task for his reckless handling of our economy, and his sending South Africa into financial crisis.”
In parliament on Tuesday, Mabine Seabe, spokesman to the DA leader Maimane, said: “The biggest sell-out in our country is none other than the president himself.”
But the ruling ANC dismissed the protest on its Twitter account calling it, “the frivolous antics of the Democratic Alliance cloaked as democracy”
In December, Zuma sacked two finance ministers within days, a move which resulted in a market sell out. Unemployment in South Africa which is at 25% is probably the worst that the country has faced in years with over 8.2 million people left unemployed.
Treasury forecasts last week suggested the economy may expand just 0.9 percent in 2016, the lowest rate since South Africa emerged from recession in 2009.
The opposition is also calling for reinstating corruption charges against Zuma, which were dropped in 2009, shortly before he became president.
Seabe mentioned some of his most notorious corruption scandals during his speech on Tuesday.
“Jacob Zuma sold out when, as deputy president, he took R500,000 ($32,000) bribe from Schabir Shaik,” Seabe said in parliament.
The DA alleges that the corruption cases were dropped due to Zuma’s interference with the judiciary.
“Jacob Zuma sold out when he manipulated the National Prosecuting Authority to drop charges on 783 counts of corruption, bribery, money laundering and racketeering against him,” Seabe said.
The first vote of no confidence was held in March 2015.
However, if the opposition continues to press for corruption charges to be reinstated, the party could replace him ahead of the vote.
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