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South Africa's leader accused of 'derelict' work

10 August 2017, 12:07 | Bernice Figueroa

South Africa's leader accused of 'derelict' work

South Africa's leader accused of 'derelict' work

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Monday voiced full confidence in the loyalty of its MPs when voting in a no confidence motion by secret ballot against President Jacob Zuma.

Zuma, who has built up a network of loyalists in the ANC since coming to power in 2009, has survived several previous parliamentary votes that were held without secret balloting.

Zuma's victory earlier in the day was ensured by 198 votes supporting him against 177 in favor of the motion brought by the DA, while nine people abstained.

Mr Zuma is accused of corruption and mismanagement - charges he denies.

According to the head of State, no one has ever received so many votes in South Africa as the ANC (which won more than 11 million votes in the 2012 election).

Reacting to the vote, Zuma told supporters gathered outside the parliament in Cape Town: "It's hard to defeat the ANC".

GRANITZ: The 75-year-old Zuma has been dogged by scandal and allegations of corruption during his time in office.

The African National Congress has 249 seats in the 400-seat parliament and the opposition controls 151 seats.

The most recent vote of no confidence was tabled in April this year by the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The result of Tuesday's voting once again showed the unity of the ANC and the loyalty of ANC MPs to the organisation, an ANC MP said on condition of anonymity.

But, Leader of the Opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema, said Mr Zuma has sold out.

Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa, reporting from Cape Town, said that the "tight result" indicated that some of Zuma's party mates voted for him to go.

The president's supporters said his removal would send the country into chaos amid a leadership vacuum.

"They believe they could use technicalities in parliament to take over the the majority from the ANC".

The vote has become a test of ANC unity as senior party figures have increasingly become critical of their leader.

Criticism of Zuma increased following the sacking of the widely-respected finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, in March 2017.

GRANITZ: President Zuma finishes his term as party leader in December, and his term as president of South Africa ends in 2019.

"The vast majority of ANC MPs are not willing to risk the stability of the party in order to remove Zuma in this fashion", Jonker said.

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