MPs prepare to vote for or against the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Rodger Bosch/Pool Photo via AP
In the wee hours of Tuesday, I tweeted the following message on Aubrey Masango’s Radio 702 show, which he retweeted: "President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma has nine lives like a cat, he’s going to survive the eighth motion of no-confidence."

Before Sakina Kamwendo’s SAfm radio show ended, just a few minutes before 9am, I tweeted the same message.

In the afternoon the vote tally proved I was correct. All the analysts did not think the motion could fail.

Political journalist and analyst Karima Brown said it was clear that the ANC was divided.

I responded on Twitter and asked her what she would have said if the motion of no-confidence had succeeded.

She said the ANC was divided because there were ANC MPs who voted in favour of the failed motion.

The ANC isn't the only political party that has divisions.

The failure of the motion of no-confidence in Zuma shattered the expectations of many analysts, commentators, spin doctors, talking heads and pundits.

They have not learnt that their wishes do not necessarily represent reality, nor can their wishes translate into reality.

When I told some people that the motion of no-confidence would probably not succeed, they said I liked Zuma.

Do I have to hate him? If I hated him, I would not be able to come up with an objective assessment of the outcomes of the no-confidence motion.

Some of the analysts pinned their hopes on what EFF leader Julius Malema’s thumb-suck, that on Wednesday Jacob Zuma would no longer be the country's president, which was the same thing he had said about former president Thabo Mbeki.

Malema continued to say there had been enough ANC MPs' votes to carry through the motion of no-confidence.

One thing that was lacking in all the analyses was the fact that all the opposition parties that came together to oust the ANC through a no-confidence motion, including the ANC itself, were capitalist parties.

There is no difference between them and the ANC. So what was the fuss all about?

PAC MP Luthando Mbinda captured this almost to the point and drew a distinction between the PAC and the whole caboodle of political parties in Parliament by correctly abstaining from voting in the whole charade.

Sadly, some PAC members failed to grasp the essence of Mbinda’s stance, which I defended as a matter of principle.

The media, as expected, ignored this very important submission by the PAC MP. His submission was captured on ANN7 television.

All the opposition political parties are doing the bidding of the Anglo American empire, the Oppenheimers, Ruperts and Wieses. That is exactly why the PAC MP said he would not take part in an imperialist-sponsored motion of no-confidence.

And there was the lumpen element that blocked the streets of Soweto and Kagiso in the name of that failed motion.

I have always maintained that the ANC's problems cannot be pinned on Zuma but on the entire organisation, and that his predecessors were as equally corrupt as the incumbent.

Zuma’s predecessors presided over many scandals, including the rotten-to-the-core arms deal.

The people of this country deserve better, and the PAC has the answers to this country’s problems as articulated by its founding president, Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe.

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