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EFF warns another vote of no confidence in Zuma could be on the cards

The EFF says it's waiting for judgment on the Nkandla matter before making a move.

EFF leader Julius Malema at the Constitutional Court after judgment was reserved in the Nkandla matter on 9 February 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma has survived the second vote of no confidence against him in just under a year, but the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is warning another could be on the way depending on the outcome of its case in the Constitutional Court.

The EFF refused to participate in yesterday's debate in Parliament, insisting it was waiting on the court to hand down judgment on the Nkandla spending debacle before making a move.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said, "We are in a better position as Parliament, as another arm of the State, to have a conversation about President Zuma's fitness to hold office only after the Constitutional Court has pronounced itself on this matter."

Ndlozi said the party wrote to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and to the Democratic Alliance (DA) asking for the debate to be shelved, but that they did not agree.

He said the party did not take part in the debate but that its Members of Parliament (MPs) were nevertheless in the house.

The motion, tabled by the DA, failed to get the majority backing of MPs despite an appeal by DA leader Mmusi Maimane for African National Congress members to support his efforts to get rid of Zuma.

"Let's put South Africa's future ahead of our own pockets or strategies. Let's put South Africans first and I ask you today let's not sell out South Africans."

The official opposition has accused Zuma of wrecking the economy with his shuffling of Finance Ministers in December and blamed him for the ructions at National Treasury and the revenue service, calling it an internal civil war.

But in the end, the governing party used its superior numbers in the house to defeat the motion, 225 votes to 99.

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