Zuma survives yet another no confidence vote

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki

South African President Jacob Zuma survived a no-confidence vote on Thursday, after the anti-graft watchdog called in a report for a judicial inquiry into allegations of influence-peddling in the government.

The DA needed 201 votes for the motion to pass - the final vote was 126 for the motion, and 214 against, 1 person abstained, and 58 people did not vote.

The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) had moved a motion of no confidence on Zuma who is facing corruption allegations.

South African President Jacob Zuma listening to a speaker during the second sitting of the session of the fifth national house of traditional leaders at Tshwane Council Chambers in Pretoria.

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"President Zuma's brand of corruption, economic mismanagement and lies can no longer continue to exist alongside the project of building a better South Africa for all", DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, said in a statement. "I know that there are men and women in these ANC benches who want to do the right thing".

Last week, that anti-Zuma group had mobilised thousands of civic activists, trade unionists and even businesspeople for a march in Pretoria to demand Zuma's resignation.

The report showed that President Zuma was implicated in illegal activities related to the favourable treatment of the Gupta family.

The ANC, which has ruled since the first post-apartheid elections in 1994, has seen its popularity dive, with local polls in August delivering its worst-ever result.

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Mr Zuma (74) had the support of the African National Congress (ANC), which controls about two-thirds of the 400-member assembly.

He is also fighting a court order that could reinstate nearly 800 corruption charges against him over a multi-billion dollar arms deal in the 1990s.

The ANC caucus says it won't support the motion, as it's premature and ill-advised.

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