President Zuma narrowly survives his 8th no-confidence vote

File ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu said the ruling party was not surprised by Mbete's decision

If the no-confidence motion against South African President Jacob Zuma succeeds today in parliament, Zuma must resign immediately and the parliament speaker will become acting president.

"The DA has smelt a degree of blood and are looking to drive the knife in - not sure this is the right course of action", said political analyst Daniel Silke. "We represent the majority".

Melanie Rice has more from Cape Town.

As South Africa digests those results, African National Congress (ANC) heavyweight Lindiwe Zulu says it is unacceptable that some party members voted with the opposition. Ten other parties share the remaining slots. "That would be akin to a coup".

The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants Parliament to be dissolved so that an early election can be called.

"We are deeply disappointed that some of our ANC members allowed themselves to be used by the opposition to fracture and weaken the ANC and destabilise our country. We are here to remove Duduzane because Duduzane's father is the most corrupt individual in this country".

Zuma has appeared to be on the back foot for most of the year.

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On Monday afternoon, opposition parties rejoiced when Baleka Mbete announced that the eighth motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will be conducted by secret ballot.

Zuma has been engulfed by corruption allegations since coming to office in 2009. "It is clear that Jacob Zuma has sold our country out including his own party".

There, MPs of the governing party were, again, reminded of the party line - vote against the motion as the ANC could not support the opposition, which was its nemesis. This means that it's going to be a long road to the ANC elective conference in December, when the party will elect a new leader to replace the beleaguered Mr Zuma.

The ANC holds a majority of the 400 parliament seats, and the party has repeatedly said its members will not support the opposition-led attempt to unseat the president.

"And I'm happy for those who took the money, children will eat", the president said in front of a few hundred people just outside the parliamentary precinct in Cape Town's city centre.

ANC's Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said the no-confidence motion was an attack against the party.

Former president Thabo Mbeki said ANC MPs must "recall that they are the representatives of the people", according to a video posted by a Nairobi-based journalist on Twitter. Larger demonstrations, both for and against Zuma, are planned for Tuesday at the parliament building before the vote.

"All of us hope that they will vote honestly".

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