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SA President Zuma faces no confidence secret ballot

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has survived another no-confidence vote in the country's parliament.

The Opposition accuses Mr Zuma of corruption and mismanagement, but the embattled leader celebrated his victory and thanked his supporters.

Maimane's announcement followed his party's failed motion of no confidence vote against Zuma on Tuesday. The secret ballot method was seen an increasing the likelihood of his ouster.

For the first time, the no confidence vote against South Africa's leader was held through secret ballot.

Lawmakers from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) broke into song and dance as the result was returned, saving Mr Zuma from dismissal.

The motion was defeated by 198 votes against the motion and 177 votes for the motion.

The president and his cabinet will all have to resign within 30 days, and the speaker and legislature would have to elect a new temporary cabinet.

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Mr Zuma, in power since 2009, has struggled to fend off accusations of corruption and mismanaging the economy. They repeatedly cited a long-running scandal involving the Guptas, a powerful family that has extensive business holdings and is close to Zuma.

While most opposition parties appear united in the cause to remove the president, there are about five opposition votes that are uncertain or even unlikely to support it.

'It only sought to say if you move that motion, you are moving for accountability which is what we're her to ask for today'. "We would never call for the removal of a president who respects his oath of office".

According to the head of State, no one has ever received so many votes in South Africa as the ANC (which won more than 11 million votes in the 2012 election).

"The ANC is supported by the overwhelming majority", he said, before breaking into song and cracking jokes with the crowd. But they were held via open ballots, forcing members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to toe the party line.

The main opposition Democratic Alliance party said after the vote that "the majority of the ANC have chosen corruption, looting" over the country's interests. "Today, our choice is between right and wrong, between good and evil". Vote with your conscience. Yesterday's market reaction suggests that the rand will appreciate at least short term should Zuma really be removed from office, as this would fuel hopes for an improvement of the political situation.

Ahead of the vote, on Tuesday morning, thousands of opposition supporters held a rally in Cape Town where the parliament is located.

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