South Africans brace as president Zuma face confidence vote

A lone protester stand outside South Africa's parliament
A lone protester stand outside South Africa's parliament

South African parliament will try to oust the incumbent president, Jacob Zuma today through a no confidence vote. The opposition had prevailed on the speaker to allow a secret ballot hoping that it will encourage enough ANC lawmakers to vote against their party.

The decision the parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete to allow the secret ballot in the no-confidence vote, however, did not come as a surprise.

Ms Mbete wants to be seen as impartial, and many were expecting the decision.

South Africa’s main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has urged MPs to do “the right thing” by voting out the scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma in tomorrow’s secret ballot.

The no-confidence vote will succeed only if at least 50 lawmakers from the governing ANC break ranks with their party by backing the opposition’s no-confidence motion.

Mr Zuma has survived previous no-confidence votes, but this is the first time MPs will decide his fate in a secret ballot.

ANC confident of defeating the vote

Governing African National Congress (ANC) chief whip Jackson Mthembu has warned that voting out Mr Zuma will be like “throwing a nuclear bomb” at the country, and will trigger political instability.

The opposition pushed for a secret ballot, arguing that ANC MPs will be scared of voting out Mr Zuma if the vote is transparent.

South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) says it welcomes the decision to hold tomorrow’s no-confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma by secret ballot.

It has no doubt that the “frivolous motion”, brought by opposition parties, will fail, the party adds in a statement posted on its Twitter account.


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