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DA's motion of no confidence in Zuma fails once again

It’s the second motion of no confidence in Zuma in less than a year and temperatures were running high.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma has failed once again.

Earlier, the party labelled Zuma a "sell-out", while other opposition parties lashed him for his management of the economy and for firing former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.

The DA appealed to the African National Congress (ANC) to support the motion of no confidence, saying they owed it to the country to get rid of him.

The party's David Maynier said Zuma was wrecking the economy.

"President Jacob Zuma is at war with Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and the minister of finance is at war with President Jacob Zuma."

He says the ructions at National Treasury and at Sars have seen senior ANC members taking sides.

"The ANC secretary general has chosen sides at the internal civil war and he has chosen sides against President Jacob Zuma."

ANC MP Lindiwe Zulu described the motion as "frivolous", while her ANC colleague Mathole Motshekga said the DA was pursuing a "pipe dream".

TEMPERATURES RISE AS MPS ATTACK AND DEFEND ZUMA

President Jacob Zuma's came under sustained opposition attack in Parliament.

He was accused of selling out the country and its people and of wrecking the economy.

While the outcome of the no confidence vote was a foregone conclusion, given the African National Congress (ANC)'s superior numbers, that didn't stop Members of Parliament (MPs) from having their say.

It's the second motion of no confidence in Zuma in less than a year and temperatures ran high.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said, ""The biggest sell-out in our country is none other than President Zuma."

Motshekga reminded the house the ANC got 11 million votes in the last general election.

"In need, as a matter of extreme urgency, of Constitutional literacy classes are the DA."

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa also urged the ANC to recall Zuma.

"If, as is the case now, their candidate is messing up the country, the ruling party has a duty to the nation to act decisively in the interests of the country and its people."

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