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ANC's bid to oust Zille fails

The ANC is accusing the WC Premier of hiring a policeman to spy on other politicians.

Inside the Western Cape Legislature, where the ANC filed a motion of impeachment against Western Cape Premier Helen Zille – was defeated 23 to 14 in a vote on Tuesday 1 December 2015. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) members of the Western Cape Legislature have come out in defence of Premier Helen Zille, praising her leadership and quashing the African National Congress (ANC)'s attempt to oust her.

The knives were out on Tuesday night, with the ANC accusing Zille of hiring a policeman to spy on other politicians.

The opposition in the province led by ANC chairperson Marius Fransman, moved to have Zille impeached over the issue.

But the party was defeated 23 to 14 in a vote on Tuesday night.

Fransman said, "The government of the Western Cape appointed an official and paid him more than R100,000 to, in our view, spy on people."

DA Chief Whip Mark Wiley jumped to Zille's defence.

"Speaker, I wish to move a formal amendment to the draft resolution that the house fully endorses the outstanding leadership of the Premier of the Western Cape."

Wiley's DA colleagues as well as the sole member of the African Christian Democratic Party in the Legislature, Ferlon Christians tore into the ANC.

"This debate is a true waste of our time!"

Zille denies the allegations.

She's explained the provincial government hired a private company to debug cellphones after the DA took over the province in 2009.