South Africa’s Zuma survives no confidence vote

South Africa President Jacob Zuma

South Africa President Jacob Zuma defeated a no-confidence motion against him at a meeting of top officials of the ruling African National Congress party on Sunday.

Zuma is facing mounting pressure against him within the ANC, opposition parties and civil society has swelled since he axed respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan in March, triggering credit rating downgrades that have hit chances of a recovery in the struggling economy.

Reports said Zuma had survived a heated NEC meeting that lasted late into the night.

The ANC meeting started on Friday in the capital Pretoria with as many as 70 party officials taking part in the debate for and against the motion. President Zuma was reportedly had the support of most speakers.

Local news service Eye Witness News (EWN) said on its Twitter feed that the president was “hard hitting” in his response, and told detractors that he knew that “they are used by foreign forces”.

EWN said that of the 72 participants who spoke about motion, 18 spoke in support and 54 against.

The ANC said earlier it would hold a media briefing on Monday on the NEC meeting.

The ANC stood by Zuma at a similar meeting in November in a debate about whether he should step down.

Zuma is scheduled to step down from the ANC helm in December. His term as South African head of state runs until 2019.

 

Zainab Sa’id