"SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma survived a parliamentary vote of no-confidence today, as members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) stuck by their leader despite divisions and fierce criticism of his rule.
The no-confidence motion needed to secure 201 of the 400 votes in parliament to succeed, but fell short with 177 votes, national assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete announced this afternoon.
Criticism of Zuma from within the ANC has grown amid multiple corruption scandals and mounting economic woes, with the celebrated party of Nelson Mandela declining sharply at the polls.
ANC officials predicted that the president would survive the vote given the party’s large parliamentary majority.
Today, the parliamentary party celebrated victory over what it described as an attempted “soft coup”."
So even a secret ballot held in the National Parliament wasn't enough to dislodge him from power. Will Zuma turn out to be another President for Life? Will the ANC survive the era of Zuma?