South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma burnished his credentials as the country’s political survivor-in-chief by avoiding a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday.
It’s the third time Zuma has faced such a vote in less than a year. There were 214 votes against the motion, 126 for and 58 abstentions.
The motion was always unlikely to pass as the ANC had called on its members of parliament to back the President.
The pressure to stand down stems from a corruption report released late October by the public protector that alleges wide-ranging corruption at the highest levels of government including Zuma.
Zuma denies the allegations.
The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) brought the motion of no confidence to parliament.