South Africa: Majority MPs votes no on Zuma’s impeachment

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South Africa’s parliament is set to debate on a motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma and opposition leaders are pleading on ANC Members of Parliament to vote according to their conscience.

The motion to remove Zuma stands little chance of success without a widespread rebellion by MPs who form part of the ANC’s massive majority in parliament.

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The vote comes after one of the most respected and oldest members of the ruling ANC added his voice to calls for Zuma to resign.

On Monday, a national working committee of the ANC said it has accepted Zuma’s apology over the Nkandla upgrades, and says it is now up to the branches to decide whether they will do the same.

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The largest opposition party in parliament, the Democratic Alliance initiated the impeachment move after losing a bid for MPs to vote in a secret ballot.

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