Parliament lit as Zuma escapes impeachment [WATCH]


It was historic. It was lit. And again he survived.

President Jacob Zuma survived a parliamentary vote to impeach him on Tuesday. Parliament rejected the motion by a vote of 233 to 143 in a chaotic session in Cape Town.

South Africa will never be same again.

But before the vote took place, there was some fun. As always. Here are some highlights:

Mr Lakota
“The fact that the legislature has been found to have failed in its duty to hold the executive to account, you madame speaker [and others] lead the legislature in carrying out its responsibility of carrying out its responsibility of monitoring the executive. The court has found that you have failed to lead us in that direction. Please Madame Speaker to allow someone else” – Mosiuoa Lekota
"Honourable Malema, you are out of order" - Baleka Mbete
“I have recognised Honourable Lekota” – Baleka Mbete


We will see how many of you actually come back. Asizoxelelwa nini apha, ezi marshals. Hambani masala ndini, [go you thieves],
“We will see how many of you actually come back. Asizoxelelwa nini apha, ezi marshals. Hambani masala ndini, [go you thieves]” Bantu Holomisa
"Madame Speaker, I've had my hand up for a long time" - Madame whose name we couldn't gather
“Madame Speaker, I’ve had my hand up … I don’t know for how long” – Madame with the nice watch


"Now I don't understand the obstacles that are being put before us"" - Baleka Mbete
“Now I don’t understand the obstacles that are being put before us” – Baleka Mbete


"It is a big deal" - Mmusi Maimane
“It is a big deal … when he called it a fire pool- Mmusi Maimane

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Featured image by Russell Roberts


  1. Perhaps it is time for humankind to consider that the root cause of South Africa’s problems is that the African National Congress (ANC) is a black political party.
    Hundreds of thousands of hours and volumes of dissertations have been invested in defending the ANC’s conduct over the years since its inception in 1912 and, similarly, many people have examined and justified the beliefs, conduct and actions of blacks across the African spectrum in a genuine and sincere effort to promote their various causes.
    The time has come, however, to admit that there is a fundamental flaw in the African character which prevents their development across the spectrum of social and technical faculties necessary to achieve success in the modern world.
    This is not a racist or prejudicial or bigoted observation but a realistic assessment of the reason for Africa’s failure in general and South Africa’s failure in particular.
    South Africa, of all the African countries, had an excellent chance of succeeding in 1994: at that juncture, it was acutely apparent that Angola, Mozambique and Zimbabwe (amongst other African nations) were never going to succeed as developed countries in the modern-world context.
    It would have been so incredibly easy for the ANC-leadership to resolve and declare that South Africa should remain both a fully-democratic and fully-developed country and never succumb to the myriad of problems which were, at that time, so clearly visible throughout Africa.
    Furthermore, the new government (and, by extension, the entire South African population) inherited a highly-developed social and technical state.
    The white education was amongst the best, if not the best, in the world. Our infrastructure was extensive and solid. Our capacity to produce both world-leaders and produce many of the world’s requirements was universally acknowledged.
    And, of critical importance was that the entire international community wanted South Africans to succeed in establishing an integrated and successful society in 1994.
    It would have been so incredibly easy and socially- and financially- prosperous to all South Africans if the ANC (and, of course, the other black-interest groups) had understood the need (and acted accordingly) to extend the benefits being enjoyed by white South Africans to all South Africans instead of resolving to destroy South Africa in its, then, present form and start again from ground-zero, a principle which has been evident within the ANC since 1994 and remains at the core of the unrest being experienced throughout South Africa today.
    Such an interrogation of the demise of democracy and development under the ANC since 1994 (even though some people will incorrectly but conveniently perceive such discussion as racist) is the necessary starting point in a process that will lead to a comprehensive resolution of South Africa’s problems and set South Africa on a course to being a successful nation.


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