The vote of no-confidence took place last Tuesday – by secret ballot. Altogether 198 MPs voted against the motion (the ANC has 249 MPs in Parliament), 9 MPs abstained and 177 voted for it. This gives a total of 384 votes from 400 MPs. Some were clearly absent – or ill – or dead – or they just didn’t vote. 201 votes were needed for the motion, in order for the motion to pass.
The leadup to the vote of no-confidence included widespread public outrage as even more evidence emerged of the outright theft of many state assets.