Opposition parties are emboldened by the results of Tuesday's motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma which saw him survive by a narrow margin of just 21 votes.

"By the time Jacob Zuma has destroyed the ANC completely, and the country, it will be too late", said Maimane.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane told local media in Cape Town today that his party will not rest "until President Zuma faces charges of corruption in the courts of justice".

The motion says the some ANC lawmakers "no longer represent the earnest hopes and aspirations of the electorate" and "exhibit unquestioning fealty to President Jacob Zuma and to the organization he leads".

The ANC is expected to replace Zuma as party president at a meeting in December, but his term as head of state is set to continue until elections in 2019.

The DA will now push to have its motion moved above the line and debated as soon as possible, Steenhuisen said. According to South African news site, ThamesLIVE, a majority of 201 votes, 50% of the National Assembly's 400 members of parliament plus one, would be needed for Zuma to be pushed out.

Once Parliament is dissolved, early general elections will be held.

The ANC on Wednesday denounced the DA for attempting to dissolve Parliament to pave way for early elections when the DA announced its plan. Some 177 MPs from the opposition and ANC voted in favour of the motion, while nine MPs abstained in the effort created to remove the controversial president from office.

"We will defeat this planned motion as we have defeated all other attempts by the opposition to overthrow our popularly elected government", said spokesperson Nonceba Mhlauli.