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South Africa's Zuma survives no confidence vote - Here's what happens next

South Africa's Zuma survives no confidence vote - Here's what happens next

South African President Jacob Zuma survived a secret no-confidence vote Tuesday by Parliament over allegations of corruption.

"They are pumping propaganda through the media that the ANC is no longer supported by the people".

Although some members of the ANC broke ranks, for most party loyalty trumped anger at Mr Zuma.

As the vote of no confidence is in terms of Section 102 (2)‚ the president‚ deputy presidents and other members of the Cabinet are all directed by the Constitution to resign.

After the result, Mr Zuma went outside parliament to thank his supporters.

Protesters had carried posters saying "Fire Zuma" and a cartoon of Zuma in a dustbin. According to South African news site, ThamesLIVE, a majority of 201 votes, 50% of the National Assembly's 400 members of parliament plus one, would be needed for Zuma to be pushed out. "Moreover, we call on those within the ANC - who are against corruption, looting and state capture, to vote in support of our motion to dissolve Parliament", he said.

"Since the dawn of our democracy, the stakes have never been higher", Mmusi Maimane, leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance party, told lawmakers. "Today, we either do what is best for our country or we turn our back on it", he said.




Its no-confidence motion said Zuma had "lost all sense of rationality and sound judgment", harming the country's poorest citizens. Judging by the number of governing ANC MPs who voted with the opposition, it seems like it's going to be a short-lived celebration.

Demonstrations both for and against the 75-year-old Zuma, who has led South Africa since 2009, took place in front of the parliament building in Cape Town before the vote.

The official report shows that of 384 lawmakers attending the session, 177 favored Zuma's exit from office, 198 were against and nine abstained.

Criticism of Zuma increased following the sacking of the widely-respected finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, in March 2017.

"Tonight's result, despite the slender victory, signals the death of the ANC", the DA said in a statement.

The rand fell by 1% on the announcement of the outcome. Last year, the Constitutional Court ordered him to repay millions of dollars in public funds spent on refurbishing his private homestead.