Tears, cheers outside Parliament following failed vote of no confidence

2017-08-08 20:27

Cape Town – Shock, disbelief and tears were seen on the faces of anti-Zuma supporters outside the National Assembly when Speaker Baleka Mbete announced that President Jacob Zuma had survived yet another motion of no confidence in him.

Loud cheers of jubilation could be heard by ANC supporters a couple of hundred metres from where anti-Zuma supporters from both civil society and opposition parties had gathered.

Zuma remains the president of the Republic of South Africa after 198 MPs voted against a motion of no confidence in him. Some 177 MPs voted in favour of the motion and nine MPs abstained.

Around 30 ANC MPs are believed to have voted against the party line and in favour of the motion.

EFF leader Julius Malema told anti-Zuma supporters outside Parliament that he was "proud to be South African today".

"We tested our democracy and I can confirm that our democracy does work in South Africa," he said.

"We are saying to Zuma,'pasop' [watch out], because it was clear today that it is possible to remove Jacob Zuma."

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