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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma easily survived a third no-confidence vote in parliament in less than a year, as politicians from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) ignored opposition calls for his removal from office.

The supporters clad in party colours were singing and dancing, whiles others were chanting "We love you Zuma", outside the Parliament in Cape Town.

In a statement, South Africa's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, which tabled the motion, said: "The choice between Jacob Zuma and South Africa is both simple and profound".

The report showed that President Zuma was implicated in illegal activities related to the favourable treatment of the Gupta family.

Increasing numbers of anti-apartheid veterans, ANC activists, trade unions, civil groups and business leaders have called for Zuma to resign.

President Zuma's recent implication in the former Public Protector's State of Capture Report, is one of the reasons why the opposition is pursuing a no confidence vote against him. Zuma has fought off a series of damaging controversies during his presidency, and last week came under further pressure after a corruption probe raised fresh allegations of misconduct. "Our call now is to ensure that the Office of the President is occupied by a woman or man who respects the office and the laws of the land", Maimane added.

She said the ANC would not be deterred in fighting corruption.

Zuma, the head of the African National Congress, has been regularly embroiled in scandals since 2005.

"If we pull in different directions as the alliance partners, we are weaker and that's why Cosatu would want to contribute towards unity of the ANC in a positive way", he said.

A court has also ruled that Zuma should face nearly 800 corruption charges over a multi-billion dollar arms deal in the 1990s.


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