South Africa's Zuma survives latest ouster attempt

But it is the growing challenge to Zuma's rule coming from within his own party and the wider tripartite alliance that will have South Africa's beleaguered president most concerned.

Parliament said in a statement on Wednesday the speaker had received several letters from parliamentary political parties requesting an urgent scheduling of a motion of no confidence in the President.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse has called on the ANC to denounce the threats of violence and hate speech that the group says are emanating from the ruling party's support base.

The firing of Gordhan, who was widely considered an effective, honest steward of the economy, further alarmed many South Africans.

"No army allows its soldiers to be commanded by the enemy general", Mantashe said, implying that any decision to unseat him would have to come from within the ANC itself.

Last week, EFF leader Julius Malema said that his party would support the motion of no-confidence against Zuma, and that the EFF had the support of some of the ANC top leaders.

Since the reshuffle took place Zuma has also faced unprecedented criticism from within the former liberation movement, with leading ANC military veterans and former anti-apartheid activists adding their voices to the calls for his removal. "The Presidency is thus not opposed to the march by SaveSA to the Union Buildings", Zuma's office said.

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President Jacob Zuma must be breathing a sigh of relief today following the acceptance of his explanation for his controversial sacking of the finance minister.

Speaker Baleka Mbete has scheduled the debate for the motion for the 18th of April 2017 at 2.00pm.

Fears that budget discipline could falter under Gigaba have contributed to market jitters, but he and Zuma have assured investors they will maintain policies established under Gordhan. Similar bids have failed to muster the needed votes to oust Zuma in the past.

The Guptas and Zuma deny the allegations.

Analysts said Zuma remains in favor among grassroots members and can count on the backing of large sections of the party, including the youth and women's leagues. The economic consequences have seen South Africa downgraded to junk status, as well as a fluctuating rand.

"He reshuffled the cabinet last week without even consulting the ANC itself, and not only alliance partners, on the other positions that were affected and names that were 'decided elsewhere, ' as confirmed by ANC officials in response to his unilateralism", the SACP declared.

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