Johannesburg (dpa) – Scandal-ridden South African President Jacob Zuma has survived an unprecedented challenge to his rule within his own party, local media reported Tuesday.
The African National Congress was due to brief the media about the outcome of the meeting of its national executive committee later on Tuesday.
The party was expected to confirm reports that Zuma had survived an attack on his leadership after Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom presented a motion of no-confidence in him at the weekend meeting, which was extended until Monday.
Three other cabinet ministers joined forces with Hanekom, but Zuma’s side won the debate and no vote took place, the website News24 reported.
The no-confidence motion, which could eventually have led to Zuma being forced to step down, was seen as one of the toughest challenges during his long political career.
However, the president was not expected to carry out a cabinet reshuffle, because it could be interpreted as an act of vengeance, the broadcaster eNCA reported.
Zuma defeated impeachment proceedings in parliament in April regarding a scandal of having used taxpayers’ money to upgrade his country home. This month, South Africa’s anti-graft watchdog called on the judiciary to investigate alleged influence-peddling by a business family close to Zuma.
Zuma has also been implicated in other corruption scandals. They are seen as having done enormous damage to the ANC, which has governed South Africa since the end apartheid in 1994, but suffered losses in the local elections in August.