SA President Zuma faces no confidence secret ballot

SA President Zuma faces no confidence secret ballot

The secret ballot method was seen an increasing the likelihood of his ouster. They have no regard for the will of the people as expressed through the outcomes of the 2014 general elections, where 62% of the electorate gave the ANC a mandate to govern this country until the next general elections. "They will realize in 2019 when we win in a big number once again".

Jacob Zuma has been dogged by claims of corruption and mismanagement during his time in office.

If he is ousted on Tuesday, "all hell would break out within the party ahead of its conference in December", said Roger Southall, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

The secret vote could embolden some ANC members who are critical of Mr Zuma to vote against a leader whom the opposition accuse of corruption and mismanaging the economy.

He has survived eight no-confidence votes during his eight years in power thanks to loyal voting by ANC MPS, who form a strong parliamentary majority.

In December, Zuma, who can not run for the third term under the country's legislation, will have to leave the presidential office ahead of the general election. According to the South Africa Constitution, if he loses, Zuma and his entire cabinet would have to step down and the speaker of Parliament would take up the presidency for 30 days. He warned that removing Mr Zuma through a vote of no-confidence would be hugely damaging to the country.

The African National Congress has 249 seats in the 400-seat parliament and the opposition controls 151 seats.

But he was left politically wounded after some members of his ruling African National Congress (ANC) party voted with the opposition.

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Since Tuesday morning, thousands of opposition supporters had protested amidst heavy police presence in front of parliament in Cape Town, where the vote was held, demanding parliamentarians to vote "with their conscience" and remove Zuma from office.

The ANC had its worst showing previous year in municipal elections as Zuma faced allegations of corruption.

SOUTH AFRICA's President Zuma faces a motion of no-confidence as MPs vote in a secret ballot today, the BBC reports. If it succeeds, he must resign immediately.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says that his party will bring a motion to dissolve Parliament.

In all, there were 238 members of Zuma's party present in Parliament.

The president has faced numerous allegations of graft while South Africa's economy has fallen into recession.

South Africa's scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma has survived an ouster attempt in the country's National Assembly.

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