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South African president faces growing calls to resign over spending scandal

  • Julius Sello Malema, centre, leader of the South African political party the Economic Freedom Fighters during an parliament session in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, April 5,  2016.  A South African parliamentary debate over whether to remove President Jacob Zuma was delayed Tuesday after opposition lawmakers alleged that the parliament speaker, a Zuma ally, could not preside over the session because of alleged partiality. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Julius Sello Malema, centre, leader of the South African political party the Economic Freedom Fighters during an parliament session in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. A South African parliamentary debate over whether to remove President Jacob Zuma was delayed Tuesday after opposition lawmakers alleged that the parliament speaker, a Zuma ally, could not preside over the session because of alleged partiality. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mmusi Maimane, left, leader of the official opposition party in South Africa, the Democratic Alliance party, DA, interacts with other party members before a parliament session starts in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, April 5,  2016.  A South African parliamentary debate over whether to remove President Jacob Zuma was delayed Tuesday after opposition lawmakers alleged that the parliament speaker, a Zuma ally, could not preside over the session because of alleged partiality. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Mmusi Maimane, left, leader of the official opposition party in South Africa, the Democratic Alliance party, DA, interacts with other party members before a parliament session starts in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. A South African parliamentary debate over whether to remove President Jacob Zuma was delayed Tuesday after opposition lawmakers alleged that the parliament speaker, a Zuma ally, could not preside over the session because of alleged partiality. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

  • South Africa speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete, looks on during a session in parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, April 5,  2016. A South African parliamentary debate over whether to remove President Jacob Zuma was delayed Tuesday after opposition lawmakers alleged that the parliament speaker Baleka Mbete, a Zuma ally, could not preside over the session because of alleged partiality.  (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    South Africa speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete, looks on during a session in parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. A South African parliamentary debate over whether to remove President Jacob Zuma was delayed Tuesday after opposition lawmakers alleged that the parliament speaker Baleka Mbete, a Zuma ally, could not preside over the session because of alleged partiality. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

Calls are growing for South African President Jacob Zuma to resign even though parliament defeated an opposition motion to remove him because of a spending scandal.

A coalition of church, academic and other groups is organizing a protest campaign against Zuma, who apologized after the country's top court ruled that he violated the constitution in a scandal over millions of dollars in state spending on his private home. The alliance says it will discuss its plans later Wednesday.

Prominent South Africans who say Zuma should resign include Trevor Manuel, a former finance minister, and Ahmed Kathrada, a former anti-apartheid activist who was close to Nelson Mandela.

Parliament, which is dominated by the ruling African National Congress party, on Tuesday voted against impeachment of the president.