South African President, Jacob Zuma on Tuesday survived a vote of no confidence attempt to impeach him. The motion was tabled by Mmusi Maimane because according to the Democratic Alliance leader, the President had failed to uphold the very constitution upon which he was elected.
“When we were elected to Parliament‚ we swore an oath to uphold the constitution. It was therefore our duty to table this motion today. In his judgment last week‚ the Chief Justice (Mogoeng Mogoeng) was scathing about the conduct of the ANC parliamentary caucus and the presiding officers”.
Opposition parties formed an alliance and argued that the Constitutional Court’s findings last Thursday made Zuma unfit to continue to be President but their bid was defeated by 233 votes to 143 votes.
After the announcement of the results, controversial young politician Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters’ described the whole process as a vote against the constitution and accused Jacob Zuma of turning the country into a banana republic.
South Africa’s highest court last week ruled that Mr. Zuma violated the Constitution when he refused to pay back the public funds spent on renovating his personal residence.
All the 11 justices ruled unanimously that the president failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.