The SACP reiterates its call for Zuma to resign or be recalled

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 6, 2017

The South African Communist Party has chosen to side with the ANC on the vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma.

Zuma faces the no confidence motion on August 8, the ninth time the opposition will have tried to unseat him by peeling off dissidents from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, whose majority has so far protected him by closing ranks.

"The SACP is in alliance with the ANC, we can not join an opposition agenda to dislodge the ANC", said Alex Mashilo, spokesperson for the party.

"If Zuma survives, it will be a disaster not only for South Africa, but for the ANC itself, which will be condemned as a party which condones and defends corrupt criminals", Saftu said in a statement. "Its mandate is specifically to pursue the resignation of President Zuma", he said.

"We have not isolated SACP members who are ANC MPs before".

Zuma, 75, has suffered a string of judicial and political setbacks since he took office in 2009, but has held on to power with the backing of his party, which dominates parliament.

"There is a constitutional court ruling on this matter".

A motion of no confidence requires a simple majority to pass, in this case 201 votes out of the 400-member parliament.

ANC parliamentary chief whip Jackson Mthembu said the party would vote as a bloc against the motion.

Zuma's critics want the no confidence vote to be anonymous, hoping it will embolden ANC lawmakers to support his removal by shielding them from pressure from other party members.

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