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South African rand weakens against dollar amid Zuma's no confidence vote

South African President Jacob Zuma could be removed from office following an upcoming no-confidence vote Zuma to face no-confidence vote, this time by secret ballot
Saul Franklin | 11 August, 2017, 00:35

President Jacob Zuma has suggested that money may have been used to bribe ANC MPs into voting with the opposition in the eighth failed motion of no confidence against him. A jubilant Mr Zuma promised the ANC would win the next election in 2019 "in a big number once again", and he dismissed "propaganda" that said his party no longer has the people's support.

"We have full confidence in our ANC members of parliament.This motion, just like others before it, will be defeated", a statement from the ANC's chief whip Jackson Mthembu said. "Vote with your conscience, and remove this corrupt and broken president from office", he said.

But Zuma would remain ANC leader until December, when he is due to step down and a new leader elected.

"Ours is not against the ANC but against the father of Duduzane‚" he said‚ referring to Zuma's son alleged to have ties with the controversial Gupta family. Zuma secured 198 votes surviving yet another attempt to topple him even as ANC members of Parliament broke out into singing and dancing after the results were announced.

The UDM, DA and EFF asked Mbete to schedule a motion of no confidence in Zuma, with the UDM later asking her to prescribe a secret ballot.

"While the Constitution can be able to say what it says, the bottom line is this, I am a member of the African National Congress and when collectively as the ANC we make a particular decision, we go according to that decision". Zuma has survived six earlier no- confidence votes since becoming president in 2009.

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"Since the dawn of our democracy, the stakes have never been higher", Mmusi Maimane, leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance party, told lawmakers.

"We do not nor have we ever doubted their loyalty and discipline in relation to the decisions of the movement", the party said in response to a decision by Parliament Speaker Baleka Mbete to allow a secret ballot in the upcoming anti-Zuma no confidence motion.

"We have got to get rid of this man before he destroys everything that we have all worked so hard for", said another protester, Anne Shirley.

GRANITZ: Highly charged is one way to describe the atmosphere in South Africa.

Jacob Zuma has been dogged by claims of corruption and mismanagement during his time in office.

A handful of MPs, including Gordhan, have joined calls from anti-apartheid veterans and trade unions for Zuma to resign, as South Africa endures record unemployment and a recession.

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