Just when many thought that President Jacob Zuma’s fate was sealed, he emerged victorious against a motion of no confidence in him — for the eighth time. The fanfare associated with his expected loss was largely in sync with the increasing public discontent with his leadership. On the day of the no confidence vote political parties slugged it out: the ANC was on the defensive, barraged with the opposition parties’ critique of Zuma, who is blamed for the morass the country finds itself in. Cautiously couched, and with an eye on winning over ANC MPs who hold the majority of seats in parliament, the opposition’s fusillade sought to delink Zuma from the party. This made sense as a strategy: after all the ANC has abdicated the responsibility of holding Zuma to account for far too long. In tabling yet another motion of no confidence the opposition appropriated this duty. The latest motion offered the ANC a chance to make a distinction between itself and its ethically compromised president...

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