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'ANC should not focus on weeding out rogue MPs'

Blade Nzimande says the ANC should not focus on weeding out MPs who voted in support of a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

FILE: Blade Nzimande at the SACP’s 14th National Congress in Boksburg. Picture: Twitter/@SACP1921

JOHANNESBURG - South African Communist Party (SACP) general secretary Blade Nzimande says the African National Congress (ANC) should not focus on weeding out MPs who voted in support of a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

Speaking at the party’s anniversary event in the Northern Cape, Nzimande told the crowd that the ANC should rather use its energy to fight corruption.

“If the primary task of the ANC is to do a witch hunt for people who voted for the motion of no confidence in Zuma, then we’re worried as the party. Because it would be an anti-communist witch hunt.”

Although President Zuma survived an opposition-led motion to unseat him on Tuesday, it was defeated by a narrow margin.

A total of 177 Members of Parliament voted in favour of the motion, while 198 voted against it and nine abstained.

Earlier this week, ANC heavyweight Lindiwe Zulu said it is unacceptable that some party members voted with the opposition.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) announced plans to bring a motion to dissolve Parliament after its no confidence motion in President Zuma failed on Tuesday.

The party’s leadership feels it time to revive the fight against Zuma.

Officials say Section 50 of the Constitution states the president must dissolve the National Assembly if the House adopts a resolution to dissolve, with the supporting vote of members.

Additional reporting by Gia Nicolaides.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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