ANC MPs jeer Maimane after he asks them to put the country ahead of Zuma
African National Congress MPs jeered opposition leader Mmusi Maine on Tuesday after he asked them to support a Democratic Alliance motion of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma in Parliament.
Maimane said: "This is not an easy time in our country. It is the most difficult period we have had to endure in the 22 years of our democracy. So many of our people are jobless‚ hopeless."
Addressing the ANC‚ he said: "If you won't put the country first‚ at least put your party first. This is your chance to prove to the nation that the ANC is better than Jacob Zuma."
Maimane was frequently interrupted by MPs and was loudly jeered.
ANC chief whip‚ Stone Sizane‚ said Maimane would be disrupted unless he referred to Zuma as "honourable Zuma".
The ANC's Mathole Motshekga defended Zuma‚ saying he had been elected by "more than 11 million South Africans". He was repeatedly interrupted by opposition MPs asking points of order.
Maimane said: "Our people are on the ropes and they are reeling from one blow to another."
Maimane said: "What the ANC doesn't get‚ is that every time it plays the race case‚ it diminishes itself.
"They don't see that slowly but surely the people of South Africa are beginning to realise who the real sell-outs are."
"The biggest sell-out in our country is none other than President Zuma‚" he said.
"You cannot hide from justice just because you are the president."
Maimane was cautioned by the chair of the session‚ Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli‚ against "commenting in an offensive manner".
Julius Malema's EFF boycotted the debate. The party said: "The EFF leadership has taken a decision not to participate in the motion of no confidence in Mr Jacob Zuma brought to Parliament."