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Only 100 out of 328 MPs voted in favour of impeaching Zuma

The DA failed in its bid to have President Jacob Zuma impeached over the Omar al-Bashir debacle.

FILE. President Jacob Zuma speaks in Parliament. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s bid to have President Jacob Zuma removed from office failed on Tuesday.

The party wanted an ad-hoc committee to investigate whether the president should be impeached for the failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes.

When it came to the vote on Tuesday night, there were just 100 votes in favour, 211 against, and 17 abstentions.

Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) abstained from voting after agreeing that the president should go, but for reasons other than the al-Bashir debacle… including the Marikana massacre and wasteful spending on Nkandla.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane accused Zuma of trampling on the Constitution and the rule of law.

"Our broken president broke the law to protect yet another broken man."

Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery went on the offensive.

"You are a hollow man, presiding over a hollow party, making empty promises with the sole aim of grabbing headlines."

The African National Congress insisted that arresting al-Bashir would have imperiled South Africa's relations with the rest of Africa.

LISTEN: Senior Lecturer in Public Law at UCT, Cathy Powell explains the definition of impeachment following an announcement that the DA has launched motion of impeachment against President Jacob Zuma.

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