The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Wednesday slammed insults against South African President Jacob Zuma, following the defeat of a motion of no confidence in Zuma.


“The insults against President Zuma yesterday which were couched as a debate were nothing new,” ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.
“In the run up to the 2014 general elections, all manner of things were said with the intention to sway the electorate against the ANC and President Zuma. These were once again regurgitated yesterday.”
This referred to verbal attacks by opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane during a parliamentary debate on the motion of no confidence in Zuma, tabled by the DA.
During the debate, Maimane called Zuma “a thief,” saying, “We cannot in good conscience allow the needs of millions of South Africans to be superseded by the agenda of one man, while we look on in silence.”
The motion had 221 votes against and 113 in favor, with eight abstentions.
The DA “suffered yet another blow of humiliation and disgrace” in parliament where the ANC has a overwhelming majority, Kodwa said.
“In the same resounding manner the voters had rejected the DA, the National Assembly once again reaffirmed the confidence the nation has in the leadership of President Zuma,” Kodwa said in a statement.
Many attempts in history have failed to divide the ANC, he said, adding that the South African people continue to affirm the organization and its historic mission to create a united, nonracial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society.
Building on the solid electoral mandate South Africans gave the ANC in the 2014 general elections, the ANC will continue undeterred in its work to move South Africa forward, Kodwa said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua



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