Zuma survives no-confidence vote

Chidi Samuel || South African President Jacob Zuma narrowly survived a vote of no confidence tabled against him by opposition members of congress on Tuesday.

The vote was by secret balloting, a clear departure from the voting procedure in the past.

Opposition parties had hoped the secret vote would mean MPs from the governing African National Congress (ANC) might side with them against the president.

But the motion, called amid repeated allegations of corruption, was defeated by 198 votes to 177.

For the no-confidence motion to pass, at least 50 out of the ANC’s 249 MPs would have had to vote against the president.

The opposition came short by 28 votes.

With agency report.