The Parliament of South Africa has voted and Jacob Zuma will remain President of the Republic of South Africa.
The vote tally showed a mere 21 votes between the two sides with 177 in favour of the motion of no-confidence, 198 votes against the motion and 9 abstentions.
“With your support and the decisiveness of our people we have defeated those inside”, said ANC Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula speaking after his party’s victory to supporters in the streets of Cape Town. “To those asking about our political conscience, we have enough conscience to keep the ANC in power forever”.
The incredibly close vote, showed that close to 30 MPs from the ANC voted against their party line, supporting the motion, and close to 10 from the opposition voted against the motion.
Opposition parties and civic society convened outside parliament in Cape Town, as well as outside the union buildings in Pretoria, as early as 10am on Tuesday morning to show their support for the motion of no-confidence against president Jacob Zuma.
Marching crowds reached the houses of parliament and stood listening to speeches from their respective party leaders who rallied the crowds reiterating that the battle against State Capture and corruption was one which looked past political affiliations, but called on a united front for the good of the country.
“It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat, a Fighter, white, black, Indian…this is a day for all South Africans”, stated DA leader Mmusi Maimane.
“We are united. Take care of each other, love each other and stand together no matter what happens here today”, added EFF speaker Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
The opposition took the opportunity throughout the day to urge ANC MP’s to vote with their conscience and to see the vote as an opportunity to return the ANC to the moral glory days of its founding fathers.
However, this fell on deaf ears for the most part as ANC MP’s spared no chance to voice that the vote was orchestrated to destabilise the ruling party.
“This is not a question of political conscience”, said Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini to supporters outside Parliament. “Conscience did not give me my position, ANC votes did”.
Yet, despite the defeat opposition members have hit back saying this will just add fuel to their movement against President Jacob Zuma.
“I’m happy over 20 members of the ANC voted against the President”, said UDM leader Bantu Holomisa. “This will be a hollow victory for them as the UDM will follow the EFF towards pushing for an impeachment of the President”.
“What was encouraging today is that members of the ANC and members of the opposition stood together to say Zuma must go”, said Maimane. “They have only shown that the ANC will be united by corruption and they will be defeated…I will continue to make the call that Jacob Zuma must resign and face his day in court”.