‘Opposition must give ANC space to govern’

2016-04-06 14:13
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Bloemfontein – Opposition parties in South Africa should give the ANC space to govern the country, Free State ANC secretary William Bulwane told News24 on Wednesday.  

Bulwane was speaking following the National Assembly’s vote against removing President Jacob Zuma from office.

"The opposition parties will continue with their impeachment, but we are not worried because it is not a special issue. They should give the ANC space to govern the country or they should wait for 2019, and if they win then they will govern the country," Bulwane said.   

He also said the party was fully aware of their challenges, however, it remain united.  

"ANC is not arrogant. We have survived a number of situations and circumstances and we will survive this one – when the Nkandla report came out, people thought we were not going to make it, but we continue to soldier on."

Bulwane also pleaded with the country not to lose hope in the ruling party.  

"We are going to reach out to all our citizens, just to try and explain our position as the ruling party. We have been there for our people... we will always be there for them," he said.

MPs on Tuesday debated the removal of Zuma, after a motion filed by DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

This after the Constitutional Court last week ruled that Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he did not comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial action regarding the non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

However, on Friday, Zuma said he unreservedly accepted the Constitutional Court's judgment.

He said he had not deliberately violated the Constitution and never meant any disrespect to Madonsela's office.

The protector had ruled that Zuma had to pay back a portion of the money spent on his Nkandla homestead.

Following a debate, 233 members voted against the motion, 143 voted in favour, and there were no abstentions.

For the motion to pass, more than 260 MPs needed to vote in favour of it, which would have had to include more than 100 ANC MPs voting against the party line.

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