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ANC walks out of Cape Town Council meeting

This was in protest against a motion calling for President Jacob Zuma to resign.

The ANC walked out of Chambers in objection of a motion calling for President Jacob Zuma to resign. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) has walked out of a Cape Town city council meeting in protest against a motion calling for President Jacob Zuma to resign.

Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Mzuvukile Nikelo brought a motion calling for council to condemn Zuma's failure to uphold the Constitution.

ANC councillors were cheered and jeered by DA members as they left council chambers.

The ANC described the motion as illegal.

Its chief whip, Xolani Sotashe, says it does not belong in local government matters.

"The National Assembly by a resolution, adopted with the supporting votes of at least two thirds, may remove the president from office."

Mayor Patricia de Lille says the matter is very much a local government issue.

"We were told by the minister of finance, Minister Nene when he was still there last year, that there will not be extra funding anymore."

Other opposition parties remained in the chambers but refused to support the DA's motion.