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ANC Support Shields Zuma in South African Impeachment Vote

  • ANC to block opposition bid to oust South Africa's president
  • Finance Minister Gordhan denounces undermining of constitution
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South African President Jacob Zuma is set to escape impeachment for violating the constitution, as the leadership of the ruling African National Congress rallies around him.

The National Assembly, where the ANC has a 62 percent majority, will vote Tuesday whether to dismiss Zuma, 73, for serious misconduct. The ballot follows a Constitutional Court ruling that he violated the law by refusing to abide by a directive of the nation’s graft ombudsman to repay taxpayers’ money spent on his upgrading private home. ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe dismissed the impeachment bid by the main opposition Democratic Alliance as a publicity stunt ahead of municipal elections.