Zuma loyalists easily snuff out no confidence vote
Opposition MPs had no shortage of ammunition, accusing Zuma of wrecking SA and the economy.
CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma could face another vote of no confidence in his leadership.
Zuma came in for a barrage of opposition criticism yesterday before the African National Congress (ANC)'s majority easily snuffed out the second motion of no confidence in him in under a year.
The motion, tabled by the Democratic Alliance (DA), failed to get the majority backing of MPs despite an appeal by DA leader Mmusi Maimane for ANC members to support his efforts to get rid of Zuma.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) did not take part in yesterday's debate saying it wanted to wait until after the Constitutional Court handed down its ruling on the Nkandla spending scandal before making its next move.
Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) had no shortage of ammunition, accusing Zuma of damaging the economy and putting his own interests above those of the country.
The DA's David Maynier said, "He's wrecking the economy and wrecking South Africa for one reason and one reason only, and that's the political survival of Zuma Inc."
Loyal ANC MPs rallied to the president's defence.
Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu listed president Zuma's struggle credentials.
"He was educated on Robben Island, assisted by ANC cadres who believed in him, his capacity to learn, to listen and to be led."
Zulu accused the DA of political expediency in bringing the motion, which failed by 99 votes to 225, with 22 abstentions.