On Tuesday, ANC and opposition party speakers in the National Assembly made impassioned pleas for the votes of ANC MPs, during the debate on the vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. ANC speakers tried to close ranks against what they portrayed as an attack on the ruling party. They described the motion proposed by DA leader Mmusi Maimane as an attempted coup d’état, a bid to sow division in the ruling party and a push for regime change. Maimane and EFF leader Julius Malema were at pains to stress that the motion was not against the ruling party but against the corrupt president who was leading the country to ruin. In appealing for ANC MPs to do the right thing and vote for the motion, Maimane recalled the statements made by ANC MPs against corruption, which called for Zuma to be removed. These included former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, former tourism minister Derek Hanekom, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande and AN...

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