Mr Zuma has survived the vote.
Of the 384 MPs who voted in the motion, 198 opposed the call for Zuma's dismissal but signalled the widening rift in the party, a total of 177 MPs voted in support of the motion.
Firebrand politician, Julius Malema, however, told the crowds gathered outside parliament that it is the first time in history the ANC supported opposition parties in a motion against Zuma. It was down by 1.3% at 13.3877 per United States dollar around 12:51 p.m. ET. Anti-Zuma demonstrations also took place in Johannesburg and Pretoria.
The vote in the National Assembly was preceded by the debate where both sides attacked each other.
While she was speaking, the votes of the fewer than 400 MPs were being counted. South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday survived a no confidence motion by secret ballot.
The vote was halted a couple of times, as members of Parliament objected to cameras in the gallery. "This will send an extremely negative message to investors and ratings agencies".
He said that by defeating the motion, South Africa has avoided anarchy. "They think people don't think‚" said Zuma. "This motion is nothing else but a test of character".
The vote was held by secret ballot - a decision the opposition hoped would embolden ANC members to vote against him. "That's a heavy lift".
He acknowledged that outrage over real and perceived corruption must be addressed but he said the proper way was through independent oversight, not toppling Zuma.
Mr Zuma easily survived an impeachment vote in 2016 after South Africa's highest court ruled he had breached the constitution over government funds spent renovating his private home. After all, it is clear that Zuma is now their greatest electoral asset, with several polls (including the respected Afrobarometer), showing that across race and class, trust in Zuma has collapsed since he was returned to power for a second term in 2014. But Zuma's term as President of the country is only due to end in 2019.
Zuma has always been dogged by accusations of corruption.
"Our economy is in a recession, and our country has been downgraded to junk status".
ANC speakers though came out swinging to defend their organisation, albeit with very little mention of Zuma's name or his presidency. Two women who had been in the taxi died after that crash.
Members of Parliament (MPs) who did not vote in favour of removing him from power. "We acknowledge our mistakes and are committed to correcting them", said deputy ANC chief whip Doris Dlakude.
After surviving the vote, he thanked cheering supporters, adding: 'The ANC is there, is powerful, is big.it's hard to defeat the ANC'.