DA, opposition parties strike out — again

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November 10, 2016
DA, opposition parties strike out — again

DEFEATED: DA leader Mmusi Maimane

Zuma victorious as 214 vote against motion of no confidence.

No matter what allegations are flung at President Jacob Zuma, he always comes out on top.

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) motion of no confidence in Zuma was voted down on Thursday, with 214 votes against.

This is the fifth time such a motion has been brought in the National Assembly since 2012.

Announcing the outcome of the vote, deputy speaker Lechesa Tsenoli announced 126 MPs voted in favour of the motion and 214 against.

There was one abstention, and very significantly 58 MPs did not vote at all.

After the parliamentary defeat, DA leader Mmusi Maimane shared a statement on Twitter: Today the ANC in Parliament reaffirmed their unwavering support for President Jacob Zuma by voting against the Motion of No Confidence. They have chosen to sustain in office a President whose corruption is robbing our country of its massive potential and bright future.

We had sincerely hoped that the ANC would do the right thing, vote with their consciences and choose South Africa over Jacob Zuma. But we knew that was unlikely. If they would not support us in ending the corruption of Jacob Zuma, as they could have done, then it was important for the public to see for themselves how far the ANC has fallen… 

The African National Congress (ANC) also issued a statement saying, “…Motions of No Confidence have unfortunately become part of the DA’s ritualistic political programme, which the party schedules long in advance regardless of whether there exists a basis for them or not.

In the last two and half years alone, the ANC has had to entertain seven similar motions… The ANC does not take lightly the issues of corruption or alleged corporate capture, and would be the first to act decisively if the outcome of the commission of inquiry so necessitates… 

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