South African president, Jacob Zuma is likened to the proverbial cat with nine lives as he survives yet another vote of no confidence. The opposition party, United Democratic Movement (UDM) approached the court last month‚ requesting it gives an order to conduct a secret ballot to vote the motion of no confidence.
According to the court, it did not have authority to make the decision because there are no constitutional bar to employ a secret ballot even though it ruled in favour of secret ballot in July 2017. Given that separation of power is deployed in South Africa’s systems of government, the ruling party put the decision in the hands of National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete.
Jacob Zuma has scaled through his vote of no confidence with a narrow of just 198 votes in his favour. A total of 384,MP,s voted; 198 voted against the motion, 177 voted in favour of the motion and 9 were absent. The tally suggest that 26 ANC’s members of Parliament voted in favour of the motion to remove their party leader. Currently the National Congress enjoys a majority Parliament with 249 of the 400 National Assembly seats While opposition has a combined 151 seats.
This motion is considered the highest number of votes secured by the opposition in the last 4 motions against the African National Congress (ANC) president. As the ANC won 51 more votes in this motion than it did in November.
Zuma’s survival has been to a large extent tied on the votes of loyal ANC lawmakers who form a strong parliamentary. According to Reuters, His critics want to no confidence vote to be anonymous with hopes that it would embolden lawmakers from his African National Congress (ANC) party to support his ouster by shielding them from pressure.
The rand fell sharply within seconds of the announcement, loosing 16c to trade at R12. 36 to the dollar. This verdict has eased tension a bit in Johannesburg, the nations capital where placards with bold “fire Zuma” were written. Roads were blocked with rocks and burning tyres and a rally was held outside the parliamentary building
What is causing this downgrade in south Africa’s currency?
In, 2002, , the rand undervalued low of 73% also when finance minister Nhlanhla Nene was axed in December 2015, the rand weakened dramatically at its worst level of R18/$ it was 69% weaker than parity. The reasons for the rand’s fall are mostly political.
The axing of former finance minister Pravin Gordhan triggered the current economic crisis. While MPs have wrangled over the vote. At least 15,000 South Africans Lost their jobs in the last quarter of the year, adding to the unemployment in the