Zuma wins 8th motion of no confidence - #StateCapture

South African President Jacob Zuma could be removed from office following an upcoming no-confidence vote

According to the website Africa Check, three motions to remove Zuma have gone to a vote; the remaining two failed because they were either withdrawn or amended.

Neither Dlamini-Zuma, 67, or Ramaphosa, 64, have declared their intention to run.

The ANC has maintained its internal processes, which found former president Thabo Mbeki unfit to rule in 2008, should determine whether Zuma should continue as South Africa's head of state.

Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, has faced numerous accusations of corruption and economic mismanagement - all of which he denies.

"His support for Dlamini-Zuma is damaging".

Mr Zuma is accused of corruption and mismanagement - charges he denies.

This was after Zuma's decision to sack finance minister Pravin Gordhan, triggering the country's recession and downgrading of national credit ratings to "junk" status. South Africa faces a choice between corruption and a prosperous South Africa.

However, the outcome of the vote paints a complicated picture.

The no-confidence motion needs 201 votes to succeed.

A broad coalition of opposition parties and renegade MPs from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) fell short of the simple majority to pass the no-confidence motion against the president. On Tuesday the ANC pulled a rabbit out of the hat draped in the rhetoric of regime change and coups d'etat, arguing opposition MPs were targeting not the president, but the ANC and its 11-million voters.

After surviving the vote, he thanked cheering supporters, adding: 'The ANC is there, is powerful, is big.it's hard to defeat the ANC'. However, the fact that the vote will now be held in secret presents an outside chance that those MPs who have been voiceless or fearful thus far will vote with the opposition. The ANC is expected to replace him as party leader at its meeting in December.

Zuma, who has a "man of the people" appeal, remains popular with the ANC Youth and Women's Leagues. If the president is removed, the constitution dictates that his cabinet must step down as well.

Since Tuesday morning, thousands of opposition supporters had protested amidst heavy police presence in front of parliament in Cape Town, where the vote was held, demanding parliamentarians to vote "with their conscience" and remove Zuma from office. Zuma has said the time is ripe for a woman president.

The president carried on with business as usual Wednesday, addressing a crowd for the national Women's Day and making no mention of the events in Parliament.

The ANC had its worst showing a year ago in municipal elections as Zuma faced allegations of corruption.

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