SA Parliament Rejects Motion To Impeach Zuma Over Bashir Escape

The South African Parliament has rejected an attempt by opposition parties to impeach President Jacob Zuma.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) brought the motion on the basis that Zuma broke the law by not arresting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he attended the African Union Summit in June. Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity. As a signatory to the Rome Statute, South Africa was required to arrest him.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says Zuma disregarded the constitution and trampled on Mandela’s legacy by not arresting al-Bashir. He called on the African National Congress (ANC) to recall the president and other parties to “vote to impeach this broken man [Zuma]”.

Minister of Small Business Lindiwe Zulu was first from the ANC to state that they would not support the motion. Zulu says it is simply an attempt to undermine the ANC and the country’s relations with other African nations.

Parties that were for the motion include, The Economic Freedom Fighters, Inkatha Freedom Party, National Freedom Party and the FF Plus.  

Economic Freedom Fighters’ member, Godrich Gardee, earlier said that President Zuma should be impeached for various other reasons.

“The EFF does agree with the motion that the President should go. He should be thrown in the dustbin of history because he was an electoral disaster,” says Gardee.

Parties that voted with the ANC against the motion included the United Democratic Movement and African People’s Convention.

Cedric Frolic, National Assembly House chairperson, announced the results of the vote, “The result of the division is as follows, those in favour 100. Those against 211. There are 17 abstentions. The motion as it appears on the order paper under the name of the leader of the opposition is thus rejected.”