PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma today survived a motion of no-confidence in his leadership in the South African parliament with 198 votes cast in favour of him remaining in office, against 177 votes.
Announcing the results the speaker in the South African parliament, Baleka Mbete said the “motion is negative” and that there had been 9 abstentions
Analysts had speculated before the vote that a significant number of MPs from the governing African National Congress (ANC) might be ready to pull the carpet from under president Zuma’s feet, under the protection of a secret ballot.
However, after the results were announced the ANC said it had always been confident that their MPs would remain loyal to president Zuma.
The opposition parties said they were disappointed with the results because they had hoped that ANC MPs would put the country first instead of their own personal interests.
Today’s ballot marked the 8th motion of no-confidence on President Zuma.
However, a South African political commentator said the ANC was likely to dump Zuma as state president after the party’s December Congress. “The ANC will need to give whoever succeeds Zuma, as leader of the ANC, time to prepare the party for the general elections in 2019.”