South Africa’s Zuma dodges ouster bid
JOHANNESBURG — South African President Jacob Zuma again survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Tuesday after months of growing anger over corruption allegations and a sinking economy.
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 party to vote, without fear of retaliation, against Zuma, under whose leadership the economy has slipped into recession.
Instead, African National Congress members in the chamber began singing shortly before the results were announced, while supporters outside started to dance. A jubilant Zuma promised that the African National Congress would win the next election in 2019 “in a big number once again.”
Opposition party members protest Tuesday in Pretoria, South Africa, against President Jacob Zuma ahead of a Parliament vote in Cape Town on a motion of no confidence in his leadership.