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South Africa’s Zuma survives no-confidence vote over graft allegations

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South Africa’s Zuma survives no-confidence vote over graft allegations

1 South African President Jacob Zuma survived a no-confidence vote on Thursday, after the anti-graft watchdog called in a report for judicial inquiry into allegations of influence-peddling in the government.

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2 The scandal highlighted in the report had rattled investors in Africa’s most industrialised country and raised the risk that the stagnating economy’s credit ratings would be downgraded.

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3 Zuma, 74, had the support of the African National Congress (ANC), which controls about two-thirds of the 400-member assembly.

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4 He had already survived a no-confidence motion and an impeachment vote this year, related to other scandals.

5 “I think the no’s have it,’’ Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli ruled, after lawmakers of Zuma’s ANC

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voted against the motion and burst into song in support of Zuma.

7 The main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), which called the no-confidence motion against Zuma over what it described as “reckless leadership”, asked for a re-count of the vote.

8 Zuma, who was not in the assembly, won with 214 lawmakers voting against the motion, while 126 voted in favour and one abstained, a result that mirrored his victory in March.

9 In his speech supporting the motion, the DA party leader, Mmusi Maimane, urged lawmakers

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to “stand up against state capture.’’

11 Meanwhile Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said the motion was “ill-conceived and bound to fail.”

12 The vote came after the Public Protector, a constitutionally-mandated office, called for judicial inquiry into allegations of corruption in Zuma’s government in a report titled “State of Capture” released recently.

13 However, Zuma had denied allegations that he granted undue influence to the Gupta family of business tycoons, who run a business empire from media to mining, or anyone else.

14 The Guptas have also denied any wrongdoing.

Edited by: Oluleye Abiodun/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
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