Jean-Jacques Cornish

Jacob Zuma beat yet another no confidence motion

President Jacob Zuma has easily defeated a motion of no confidence introduced in South Africa’s national assembly by the opposition Democratic Alliance.

The ANC used its comfortable parliamentary majority to vote down the motion by 214 votes to 126.

It’s the third no confidence motion he’s survived in under a year.

Unusually there were 58 ANC members who did not vote.

It is customary in matters as important as confidence in the president for a three-line whip to be called – forcing all members to go through the division lobby.

The two hour debate took on a confrontational tone when the ultra-left Economic Freedom Fighters demanded a secret ballot, saying ANC members who wanted Zuma out would be intimidated.

EFF deputy leader Floyd Shivambu likened Zuma to a dictator who would resort to killing his opponents

Parliamentary rules do not provide for secret ballots on a no confidence motion.

So, Zuma has won a battle in a much longer war that seen him beaten in a series of humiliating legal defeats.

These setbacks include a Constitutional Ruling that he has improperly enriched himself with non-security improvements to his private residence paid from the public purse.

A Pretoria High Court has ruled against his application to appeal against the reinstatement of nearly 800 charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering that were dropped by the prosecution authority before he came president.

The Public Protector has found a corrupt  influence over his presidency by  a wealthy Indian family

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.