South African President Jacob Zuma has survived a vote of no-confidence in parliament, as ruling ANC party members supported the beleaguered head of state in a 198 to 177 vote.
Allies Call for Zuma to Step Down
Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, has faced numerous accusations of corruption and economic mismanagement – all of which he denies.
He has now survived nine no-confidence votes, one for each year that he has been in office, which is due to run until 2019 when national elections are expected.
The secret ballot vote was endorsed by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete who qualified the decision as being in the best interests of the country. Many had hoped the anonymous vote would mean more ANC representatives would vote against the president, but this was not the case.
The African National Congress has 249 seats in the 400-seat parliament and the opposition controls 151 seats. In order for the no-confidence motion to have passed, at least 50 ANC members would have had to cast a no-confidence vote.
But, according to BBC, the result does show that at least 26 ANC members voted against Zuma and nine ANC parliamentarians abstained.
Meanwhile, many groups called for protests ahead of the vote, with the ANC in the Dullah Omar Region applied for 15,000 participants to march from the Grand Parade to Parliament, according to City of Cape Town spokesperson Hayley van der Woude.
Police and local law enforcement agencies are deployed and some roads, including Roeland street, were set to be closed.
Opposition parties also planned a march in Cape Town to further push for Zuma's removal. While his ANC party members are expected to rally support for him.