President Jacob Zuma has won his impeachment vote as South African Parliament has voted not to impeach him, although a court has ruled otherwise.
Zuma’s ruling African National Congress, ANC, holds majority number of seats and for the impeachment vote to go through, it requires a two-thirds majority vote.
Ruling-ANC voted for Zuma – although some of its members were already grumbling about his leadership – thereby defeating the opposition.
Among those who rejected the call for Zuma’s impeachment was Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery who said ‘the president was not guilty of “serious misconduct”‘.
The opposing-motion disagreed with that statement, as they called Zuma a ‘crooked’ president who is unfit to be a ruler.
BBC reports the vote statistics: The vote was called in the lower house, the National Assembly after much heckling my MPs.
The motion was backed by 143 MPs and opposed by 233.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) needed a two-thirds majority – 267 MPs out of 400 – to impeach Mr Zuma.
The party has 89 seats, and the combined opposition 151.
- ANC: 249
- DA: 89
- EFF: 25
- Others: 37
- Opposition total: 15
- Needed for impeachment: 267
DA leader Mmusi Maimane told press that ‘public anger towards Mr Zuma is palpable, but I do not expect the ANC to back the impeachment motion because corruption has affected the entire party “like a cancer”‘.
He added, “The ANC has lost its way and there’s no way back”.
Mr Zuma has been dogged by allegations of corruption since before he was elected president in 2009.
He was accused of taking bribes over an arms deal but he denied the allegation and the charges were controversially dropped just before he took office. – BBC.
Past Thursday, the court ruled that ‘Zuma had flouted the constitution by failing to repay some of the money spent on “security upgrades” at his rural home at Nkandla in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province.
The project, which cost taxpayers $24m, included a swimming pool, a chicken run, a cattle enclosure and an amphitheatre’.
Thuli Madonsela, Public Protector of South Africa, said ‘early estimates indicated Zuma might have to repay the government at least $680,000’.
In his deliberations, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng spoke on the ‘uncompromising nature of the verdict’.
Justice Mogoeng encouraged South Africa’s young democracy to note the case which he described as a “profound lesson”.
These, amongst other scandals the SA president has been involved in only adds more pressure on him.
The 73 year-old Zulu traditionalist abruptly sacked finance minister Nhlanhla Nene late last year; an act which has brought his leadership under fire as more South African’s still clamor for his removal.