Zuma survives impeachment after coming under fire

Zuma survives impeachment after coming under fire

President Jacob Zuma came under heavy fire during a debate on a motion to impeach him on Tuesday.


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Opposition parties, in an unprecedented move, banded together in the National Assembly to call for the president to either step down or be removed.

The DA brought the motion before Parliament following the damning Constitutional Court judgement last week, which found that President Zuma and the National Assembly failed to uphold the constitution in relation to the Nkandla debacle.

The motion failed, but opposition parties vowed to pursue legal avenues to ensure Zuma is held accountable.

Opposition parties also called for Speaker Baleka Mbete to recuse herself, because they did not believe she would be unbiased.

Proceedings were halted so Mbete could meet with party Whips and, despite an hour long delay, Mbete returned to the chamber maintaining she would not step aside.

During the debate DA leader Mmusi Maimane lashed out a President Zuma and said corruption within the ANC was so deep, it was like a cancer.

He called on ordinary South Africans to vote for change come elections time and made the same call to fellow MPs.

Maimane and EFF leader Julius Malema directly addressed, among others, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who assisted in drafting the constitution and called on him to do the right thing and vote to uphold the constitution.

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