South African President Survives Ouster Vote


Members South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, thwarted an attempt to eject the nation’s president Jacob Zuma from office on Tuesday by senior members of the party.

The ANC’s National Executive Committee introduced a “no confidence” motion at its meeting in Pretoria, South Africa on Saturday over several allegations of corruptions that have followed him since he came into office in 2009, the BBC reported.

But the majority of the ANC’s 80 executive committee members voted to keep Zuma in office, the party’s secretary general Gwede Mantashe told journalists in Johannesburg on Tuesday afternoon.

“Following honest, robust, candid and at times difficult discussion, the NEC did not support the call for the president to step down,” said Mantashe. “All members of the NEC had the opportunity to raise in the meeting the issues they feel are hurting the movement and the country.”

Zuma faces the reinstatement of 783 corruption charges over an arms deal from 1999 in which he was accused of taking bribes.

Three weeks ago Zuma survived a no-confidence motion in Parliament that was raised by the oppoistion party, the Democratic Alliance after the state corruption watchdog issued a report which alleged that he may have abused his position to win state contracts for his friends, the wealthy Gupta family.

South Africa’s Constitutional Court ruled Zuma had broken constitutional rules when he did not reimburse the government for money it spent on his private home.

Party officials blame the scandals for losing control in Johannesburg and Pretoria in local elections. The worst performance since Nelson Mandela came to power in 1994.

After winning the vote, Zuma left South Africa for Cuba to attend the funeral of Fidel Castro, who died Saturday. His term as ANC leader expires next year.

With Associated Press