Claws out as mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in Zuma fails again

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CAPE TOWN — A mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in Pres­i­dent Jacob Zuma has failed, once again.

The mo­tion was brought by the Demo­cratic Al­liance fol­low­ing the re­lease of the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor’s State of Cap­ture re­port.

The mo­tion failed when 214 MPs voted against it and 126 voted in its favour. One MP ab­stained and 58 did not vote (ab­sent).

De­bat­ing the mo­tion in the Na­tional Assem­bly yes­ter­day, po­lit­i­cal par­ties blasted Zuma, call­ing him cor­rupt and a Gupta pres­i­dent.

Deputy speaker Lech­esa Tsenoli had a hard time keeping the peace as claws came out with po­lit­i­cal par­ties tak­ing se­ri­ous jabs at each other.

Noth­ing was off lim­its as MPs’ per­sonal lives came into the fray and in­sults were shouted across the room.

But Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers chief whip Floyd Shivambu went even fur­ther and called Zuma a dic­ta­tor who was “go­ing to kill you”.

“He is go­ing to ar­rest all of you, he is go­ing to lock you up, he is go­ing to kill you. He has noth­ing to lose now,” Shivambu said.

United Demo­cratic Move­ment leader Bantu Holomisa did not hold his punches, call­ing Zuma an ir­repara­bly dam­aged leader. He then slammed ANC MPs for sup­port­ing him. “They are be­hav­ing like wolves, scream­ing in uni­son. Look at them, jump­ing from their chairs like pop­corn,” he said.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane called for ANC MPs to put South Africa first and vote Zuma out.

Inkatha Free­dom Party leader Man­go­suthu Buthelezi ap­pealed to the ANC to help res­tore “the old­est po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion”.

He did not want to see the ANC go­ing down, he said, adding that the or­gan­i­sa­tion was al­ready crum­bling and tak­ing South Africa with it. “All for the sake of one man,” said Buthelezi. ANC MP and Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion Min­is­ter Nomvula Mokonyane raised the ire of the DA when she re­ferred to Maimane’s lead­er­ship of the party as “us­ing a black face to pro­tect the in­ter­est of the white minority”.

Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba likened the mo­tion to global cap­i­tal try­ing to over­throw gov­ern­ment.

He called the mo­tion an at­tempt at scor­ing po­lit­i­cal points, at best.

Gi­gaba de­fended the mis­takes made by ANC “lead­er­ship”, call­ing them op­por­tu­ni­ties for im­prove­ment.

“Our coun­try calls out for a lead­er­ship that will unite us. We hear the call of our peo­ple for a good vi­sion­ary. We know there are many mis­takes we com­mit as lead­er­ship. We learn by do­ing. There will be no sur­ren­der on our side,” he said, to re­sound­ing ap­plause from the ANC benches.

The de­bate was de­layed when the EFF called for a se­cret bal­lot to vote Zuma out.

The MPs spent 20 min­utes de­bat­ing the mer­its of a se­cret bal­lot, with Tsenoli rul­ing that the mat­ter should have been raised on the right plat­forms and the Con­sti­tu­tion did not pro­vide for it.

Chief whips then spent more time de­bat­ing whether they should vote on vot­ing.

The sit­ting was at­tended by hun­dreds of ANC and DA sup­port­ers. — Sapa

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