Zuma survives another impeachment motion

MPs voted on the motion with 143 saying Zuma should be removed, 233 members saying he shouldn't.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance's motion of impeachment against President Jacob Zuma has failed.

Members of Parliament (MPs) voted on the motion, with 143 saying the president should be removed, and 233 members saying he shouldn't.

There was no abstentions.

"The motion is therefore not agreed to," said Deputy Speaker of National Assembly Lechesa Tsenoli.

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Earlier, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members lashed out at National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, with Mbuyiseni Ndlozi telling Mbete that she is "constitutionally illiterate" and "lacks judgement".

On Sunday, Mbete welcomed the court's judgment handed down last Thursday, saying it gave clarity on how the Public Protector's reports should be handled in future.

The court found that the National Assembly failed in its Constitutional duty to hold the executive to account because it adopted a resolution exonerating the president.

EFF leader Julius Malema said Mbete violated the Constitution and protected Zuma.

Malema said, "You must recuse yourself. You're not qualified to tell me to sit down... Baleka, listen to me, you're sitting there illegally."

EFF Members of Parliament shouted "She must go", while showing Mbete the door.

Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen earlier read a House rule stating that the Speaker must act fairly and uphold good name of the House.

He said Mbete is "party to the crime that took place" so she should recuse herself.

The House was suspended for for nearly 90 minutes to allow party chief whips to meet.


After the break, MPs came back with stronger points and continued their attack on the president.

All eyes fell on Malema as he picked up from where he had left off and told Mbete they would take her to court "and she would lose, with costs".

The Speaker remained on the chair after the recess to continue presiding over the process.

The EFF leader told Mbete she would receive court papers over this matter and called on her once again to rescue herself.

The DA leader also took on Mbete saying the Constitutional Court judgment should have meant the end of President Zuma.

He said, "The court judgment removes any doubt that Zuma forsake his oath of office. People don't like being taken for fools, told evasions and lies over the Nkandla that there was 'a misunderstanding'".

Maimane said today was a historic day in South Africa, adding that the "ANC is no longer the organisation that produced the likes of Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada and Nelson Mandela."

To the ANC's defence, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and ANC MP John Jeffery, said, "The DA claims the president seriously violated the Constitution, but here is the issue: the court did not find a serious violation of the Constitution as Section 89 (1) requires."

He said, "The court did not declare Zuma violated his oath of office as EFF had wanted."

Other MPs also lashed out at the Zuma and the ANC.

Cope's Mosiuoa Lekota said, "We won't allow the ANC to play games with the future of our grandchildren."

The DA's James Selfe said, "The president came with half-truths about his intentions to pay, that he never intended to violate the Constitution. His approach was not different it was wrong, he knew it knew he and his family unduly benefited."


Last month, the DA's motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma failed once again.

The party labelled Zuma a "sell-out", while other opposition parties lashed him for his management of the economy and for firing former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.

The DA appealed to the African National Congress (ANC) to support the motion of no confidence, saying they owed it to the country to get rid of him.

The party's David Maynier said Zuma was wrecking the economy.

"President Jacob Zuma is at war with Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and the minister of finance is at war with President Jacob Zuma."

He said the ructions at National Treasury and at Sars had seen senior ANC members taking sides.

"The ANC secretary general has chosen sides at the internal civil war and he has chosen sides against President Jacob Zuma."

ANC MP Lindiwe Zulu described the motion as "frivolous", while her ANC colleague Mathole Motshekga said the DA was pursuing a "pipe dream".