Picture: Reuters/Rogan Ward
Cape Town - The African National Congress (ANC) has congratulated the Parliament for its engagement in the National Assembly on Tuesday that resulted in the defeat of the motion of no confidence in President Zuma and the Cabinet.

"The biggest victor of today’s event is our constitutional dispensation. It once again reaffirms the ANC’s position as the leader of society in that the country’s MP’s are able to exercise this critical constitutional provision aimed at safeguarding our democracy," the ANC said in a statement.

"It is only through robust engagement and constant dialogue that we will be able to address and overcome the challenges facing our country, such as we have witnessed today."

The ANC maintained that it had faith in its MPs and were confident that the MPs acted in the best interests of South Africa.

ANC has slammed the 'craven opportunism and hypocrisy of members' by opposition parties who according to them, have tried to put a bad light on ANC MPs.

The Parliamentary Caucus of the ANC has also welcomed Parliament’s rejection of the DA’s motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
 
While ANC respects the right of another political party to table a motion of no confidence, the ruling party has reiterated that they will "never endorse or vote in favour of any motion that seeks to cripple our country."
 
This motion of no confidence is the eighth attempt by the DA to remove the ANC government in Parliament. 

"It has been the publicly stated intention of the opposition to manipulate the Legislature, usurp the Constitution, so as to collapse Government, deter service delivery and sow seeds of chaos in society to ultimately grab power."

IOL