SA President Zuma Survives Calls for Removal

By Madeleine Hillyer, International News Editor

On October 10, South African President, Jacob Zuma, survived a third vote of no confidence brought against him in parliament. All three of these votes have taken place in the last year. As reported by Al Jazeera, the vote tallied in at 156 for and 214 against. There were 58 abstentions.

The integrity and legitimacy of the president was first called into question by a report released by the State of Capture. As reported by BBC, the report details evidence and allegations of corruption within the president’s administration. Allegations extend from a decade old shady arms deal to more recent public expenditures on his private residence.

This report also called into question the ethics and legality of actions of many members of the South African government, including President Zuma’s son, Duduzane Zuma, and other South African political families.

According to CNN, it was expenditures on his private residence that led to the country’s Constitutional Court ruling that the president had breached South African law.

The court ruled that President Zuma’s unwillingness to repay the government for the public money that was used for his residence was against constitutional guidelines.

Although Mr. Zuma was expected to survive this vote, it was still a blow to politicians and reformers who are pushing for him to leave office.

South Africa’s ruling party, the Africa National Conference or the ANC, called for its members to support the president staying in office.

However, even with the ruling parties support, opposition calls for President Zuma to be removed are getting louder. It is expected that protests and calls for his removal will continue, however, with no strong support for a replacement it is unlikely President Zuma will be removed from office soon.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, November 22nd print edition.

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