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The opposition needed at least 50 votes from the ruling African National Congress members to overthrow Zuma.

South Africa's president has survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament.

"That said, most votes for a ANC new party leader are made by local branches, where Mr. Zuma appears more popular", Jackson added.

Supporters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) broke out in loud cheers and chanting after the speaker of parliament, Baleka Mbete, announced the result of the vote held by secret ballot.

Earlier this year, a public prosecutor has declared he should appoint judge-led inquiry into allegations Zuma profiteered from his relationship with wealthy Gupta family who are accused of trying to influence political decision.

On Tuesday, Zuma survived the eighth motion of no confidence in him.

Eight previous no-confidence motions against Mr Zuma failed - but they were all held via an open process.

The decision to hold the vote came against a background of high levels of unemployment, resentment at South Africa's enduring inequality and economic stagnation. "It is their own imagination", Mr Zuma told a cheering crowd.

Jacob Zuma has been dogged by claims of corruption and mismanagement during his time in office.

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The no-confidence motion needs 201 votes to succeed, or a simple majority of parliament's 400 seats.

Tuesday's vote, which could end Zuma's presidency, was tabled by the country's largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA). 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.

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa, who went to the Constitutional Court in a bid to force a secret ballot, said the opposition would ratchet up pressure on the president despite losing the day.

Demonstrators - for and against Zuma - had gathered outside the Cape Town parliament.

Though his term continues until 2019, the president will step down as party leader in December.

"We are sure that the ANC has lost the confidence of the majority of South Africans". Some members of the ANC called the motion a regime change orchestrated by opposition parties to oust the ANC government.

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

The ANC parliamentary party celebrated victory over what it described as an attempted "soft coup".

  • Sonia Alvarado