President Zuma survives vote of no confidence

Is it endgame for Jacob Zuma?

In the past, Zuma had survived repeated revolts against his leadership from within his own party, but none in secret.

The call for the eighth motion of no confidence in Zuma came after he reshuffled his Cabinet on 30 March, a move that saw then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, sacked.

Malema labelled Zuma as the "most corrupt individual in the country".

There are 400 members of parliament (MPs) and to pass a vote of no confidence, 201 votes are needed.

South Africa's parliament has begun voting on a no-confidence motion in President Jacob Zuma.

"If the National Assembly is dissolved in terms of section 50, or when its term expires, the President, by proclamation must call and set dates for an election, which must be held within 90 days of the date the Assembly was dissolved or its term expired".

"We believe the voters should now have the chance to express their opinion about the conduct of the ANC in defending Jacob Zuma".

"We thank ANC Members of Parliament who in their huge majority defended the democratic gains of the African National Congress and voted against the motion to remove President Zuma and our government", he said.

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A total of 198 lawmakers voted in favour of Zuma, while 177 parliamentarians cast their ballot against him on Tuesday.

"While the Constitution can be able to say what it says, the bottom line is this, I am a member of the African National Congress and when collectively as the ANC we make a particular decision, we go according to that decision".

There, MPs of the governing party were, again, reminded of the party line - vote against the motion as the ANC could not support the opposition, which was its nemesis.

If the ruling African National Congress party, which has the clear majority in parliament, can not agree on a candidate in that time, new national elections would be held.

"It is the DA's view that this is the most appropriate way to ensure a legitimate government is in place, one which the people of South Africa have full confidence in", he said.

Maimane's Democratic Alliance said it would table a motion for early elections to be held in parliament on Thursday.

The South African rand tumbled shortly after the news crossed the wires, reversing the previous day's gains.

Some analysts saw the 75-year-old's survival of the no-confidence vote as a victory considering the outcome could have been much worse. And vote to remove Jacob Zuma today.

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