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South African parliament to debate motion against president

  • Mmusi Maimane, left, leader of the official opposition party in South Africa, the Democratic Alliance party, DA, react with other party members before a parliament session starts in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, April 5,  2016.  A South African parliamentary debate over whether to remove President Jacob Zuma was delayed Tuesday after opposition lawmakers alleged that the parliament speaker Baleka Mbete, a Zuma ally, could not preside over the session because of alleged partiality.  (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Mmusi Maimane, left, leader of the official opposition party in South Africa, the Democratic Alliance party, DA, react with other party members before a parliament session starts in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. A South African parliamentary debate over whether to remove President Jacob Zuma was delayed Tuesday after opposition lawmakers alleged that the parliament speaker Baleka Mbete, a Zuma ally, could not preside over the session because of alleged partiality. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mmusi Maimane, bottom left corner, leader of the official opposition party in South Africa, the Democratic Alliance party (DA), reacts with other party members as they complain against the Speaker Baleka Mbete, leading to a tempory suspension of the parliament session, in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, April 5,  2016.  A South African parliamentary debate over whether to remove President Jacob Zuma was delayed Tuesday after opposition lawmakers alleged that the parliament speaker, a Zuma ally, could not preside over the session because of alleged partiality.  (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Mmusi Maimane, bottom left corner, leader of the official opposition party in South Africa, the Democratic Alliance party (DA), reacts with other party members as they complain against the Speaker Baleka Mbete, leading to a tempory suspension of the parliament session, in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. A South African parliamentary debate over whether to remove President Jacob Zuma was delayed Tuesday after opposition lawmakers alleged that the parliament speaker, a Zuma ally, could not preside over the session because of alleged partiality. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

  • South Africa speaker of parliament  Baleka Mbete, left, after a temporarily suspension of a session in parliament Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, April 5,  2016. A South African parliamentary debate over whether to remove President Jacob Zuma was delayed Tuesday after opposition lawmakers alleged that the parliament speaker, a Zuma ally, could not preside over the session because she isn't impartial. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    South Africa speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete, left, after a temporarily suspension of a session in parliament Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. A South African parliamentary debate over whether to remove President Jacob Zuma was delayed Tuesday after opposition lawmakers alleged that the parliament speaker, a Zuma ally, could not preside over the session because she isn't impartial. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

South Africa's parliament is expected to debate an opposition motion to remove President Jacob Zuma from office after the country's highest court said he violated the constitution.

The motion to be discussed Tuesday is unlikely to pass because it requires a two-thirds majority for approval. The ruling African National Congress party, which has supported Zuma, has a comfortable majority and earlier this year defeated a no-confidence motion against him.

The Constitutional Court said Zuma failed to uphold the constitution in a scandal over millions of dollars in state spending on his private home. The court said Zuma should have abided by a state watchdog agency's recommendations that he pay back some of the money.

Zuma has since pledged to pay back an amount to be determined by the national treasury.