Voting in favour of President Jacob Zuma’s removal would have disastrous consequences for South Africa, African National Congress (ANC) chief whip Jackson Mthembu said on Friday.

“Voting in favour of this motion will be tantamount to throwing a nuclear bomb at our country,” Mthembu said while briefing journalists in Parliament about the August 8 motion of no confidence in the president.

“The removal of the president will have disastrous consequences that can only have a negative impact on the people of the country.”

In terms of the Constitution, if the vote passes, Zuma and his entire cabinet would have to resign.

This, Mthembu said, would lead to a collapse in government.