South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will face a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday, as allegations of corruption mount against him.
The main opposition Democratic Alliance, DA, has tabled the motion, calling for President Zuma to be removed from office.
Leader of the party, Mmusi Maimane said in the statement in which he called for the vote of no confidence: “The choice between Jacob Zuma and South Africa is both simple and profound.
“President Zuma’s brand of corruption, economic mismanagement and lies can no longer continue to exist alongside the project of building a better South Africa for all.”
However, the motion is expected to be defeated after the governing African National Congress, ANC, ordered its members in the parliament to rally behind Zuma.
The ANC denounced the motion as “frivolous”, describing the corruption allegations against the President as “spurious”.
This is despite the fact that the party’s parliamentary chief whip and former chief whip have called for President Zuma to step down.
Zuma has been dogged by allegations of corruption for more than a decade, and has been under renewed pressure after an anti-corruption watchdog called for a judge-led inquiry to investigate claims that he let the wealthy Gupta family wield undue influence in his government.
The report of the investigation was later made public, after the president had tried to prevent it from getting to the media.
It made damning revelations against the president and the Gupta family but both parties have denied any wrongdoing.
Recall that earlier in the year, a South African Court had ruled that President Zuma should refund part of the money he took from government coffers to renovate his personal home in his hometown.
Also, the country’s Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, believed to be one of Zuma’s right hand men, was accused of corruption but the charges were controversially dropped in October.