S/A: Zuma Close to Impeachment

zumaAnti- Jacob Zuma campaign is taking a new dimension as parliament in South Africa is meeting to debate an opposition-sponsored motion to impeach President following ruling against him.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) says Mr Zuma is unfit to govern after failing to repay public money used to upgrade his private residence as the ruling party African National Congress, (ANC), which described the impeachment proceedings as a publicity stunt, is expected to defeat the motion.
Opposition MPs called for speaker Baleka Mbete to step down, after accusing her of taking sides.
It was gathered that Ms Mbete announced a short adjournment to consult parliamentary officials, delaying the start of the debate.
A local reports says the speaker as well denied DA attempt to demand a secret ballot in the hope that ANC backbenchers would defy the party by helping it obtain the two-thirds majority – 267 MPs out of 400 – required in the lower house, the National Assembly, to impeach Mr Zuma. Ms Mbete said the proposal is not allowed in terms of parliamentary rules.
The DA has 89 seats in parliament and all opposition parties combined 151.
Mr Zuma is the first president to face an impeachment vote since minority rule ended in 1994.
It’s recalled that Zuma was dogged over allegations of corruption before he was elected president in 2009; he was accused of taking bribes over an arms deal but he denied the allegation and the charges were controversially dropped just before he took office.
He later found himself at the centre of controversy over the use of $23m (£15m) of public money to upgrade his private home in the rural area of Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal province.
In 2014, South Africa’s anti-corruption watchdog Thuli Madonsela ordered him to repay a portion of the money.

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