South African President Jacob Zuma survived an impeachment vote in parliament on Tuesday that was launched after the constitutional court ruled that he ignored an order to repay state funds spent on his private home.
Zuma had the support of the African National Congress (ANC), which controls almost two-thirds of the assembly. The president won with 233 lawmakers voting against the impeachment motion, while 143 voted in favour. Zuma did not attend the proceedings.
South Africa’s Manuel joins those saying Zuma should resign
Former South African finance minister Trevor Manuel, who served under Nelson Mandela for 11 years, said President Jacob Zuma should resign after a scathing constitutional court ruling over state spending on his private home.
“I think it’s in all our interest that the President actually steps aside,” Manuel said in an interview published online by the Soweto TV channel as Zuma faced an impeachment debate in parliament.