On 8 August 2017 opposition parties have been united in their calls for President Jacob Zuma to be voted unfit to hold the highest office in South Africa via a secret ballot
The outcome of the vote was in favour of President Zuma, with the majority of the governing party rallying behind the President, choosing plundering and looting of resources, corruption and state capturing.
As a non-political organisation, NUPSAWs concern is with the more than 20 years the President and his allies have presided over an economy based neoliberal free-market monopoly and capitalist principles, which has led to mass unemployment, poverty, and widespread inequality.
The under-performance of the Rand that immediately follows the announcement of Zuma’s survival is a clear indication of the markets wanting him to exit the Presidency. The local currency unit immediately weakened to R13.39 to the US dollar. Once again it is the workers and especially those on the lower salary scales, like community care givers who only receive meagre stipends from the government, pensioners and receivers from social grands who will bear the brunt.
NUPSAW could clearly foresee that Moodley’s review of SAs foreign and local currency sovereign credit rating on Friday will be unchanged and will make it even more difficult to access funding in international bond markets.
The vote of no-confidence in the President was called against the abuse of power by the leader of the ruling party and not against the ruling party per se. The Constitution is clear when it states that, ‘If the National Assembly, by a vote supported by a majority of its members, passes a motion of no-confidence in the President, the President and the other members of Cabinet and any Deputy Ministers must resign’.
As can be expected from a corrupt government the MPs didn’t publicise the fact that the 2014 electoral outcome could never be changed and that the ruling party would therefore remain in power, even if the motion of no-confidence prevailed.
Therefore, following delivering of Motion in Parliament by the Leader of the Opposition NUPSAW is disgusted that those speaking for the ruling party resorted to emotionally-charged, misleading tactics. Mainly, because none of those speakers could defend the President or came up with an argument why the President should stay in power. Instead, they defend the ruling party.
NUPSAW condemns in the strongest terms this very deceptive method of deliberately withholding information from the public. Obsessed in protecting a questionable character, the ruling party is now in a weaker position than ever before.

For more information:
Success Mataitsane,
NUPSAW General Secretary
Cell 082 553 8465

Issued by
Thariza Steyn
Media Officer
Tel. 012 342 1674
Cell 082 455 2215