South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has survived a no-confidence motion in Parliament intended to impeach him over corruption accusations.
Democratic Alliance (DA) proposed the motion on the heels of the Rainbow nation’s economic crisis which the party says was started because of Mr. Zuma’s “irrational, irresponsible and reckless leadership” that has dragged South Africa through the most difficult path since the end of apartheid.
“Here, in the real world, we need a president and a government that serves all the people of South Africa. We need a president with a vision, a president who puts his people first and himself last – you Sir, are not that president”, DA leader Mmusi Maimane had said during day one of the SONA debate before the party decided to propose a no-confidence motion.
However, Zuma’s African National Congress (ANC) defeated the motion with an overwhelming majority of 225 votes against 99 votes who were in favour of the motion as 22 parliamentarians abstained from voting.
Meanwhile, a court is hearing a case to reinstate 738 corruption charges against the beleaguered president.