The Latest: South Africa's leader accused of 'derelict' work

The Latest on South African parliament's vote on no-confidence motion in President Jacob Zuma (all times local):


1:20 p.m.

South Africa's main opposition party is accusing President Jacob Zuma of "derelict leadership" in its draft resolution in parliament asking for his removal from office.

Parliament is set to vote in the coming hours on the motion of no confidence, and if it succeeds, Zuma must resign.

The draft of the motion by the Democratic Alliance has been tweeted by parliament. It says Zuma's shuffling of finance ministers has "resulted in a collapse of public confidence" in the president and harmed the country's poorest and most vulnerable citizens.

The draft also says Zuma has "lost all sense of rationality and sound judgment."

South Africa slipped into recession earlier this year.


12:25 p.m.

South Africa's parliament is preparing to vote on a motion of no confidence in embattled South African President Jacob Zuma. If the motion succeeds, he must resign.

Parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete on Monday made the surprise decision to allow Tuesday afternoon's vote to be conducted by secret ballot. Opposition parties hope that will encourage disgruntled legislators from the ruling African National Congress party to vote against the scandal-ridden Zuma.

The ANC holds a majority of the 400 parliament seats, and the party has repeatedly said its members will not support the opposition-led attempt to unseat the president.

The no-confidence motion needs 201 votes to succeed. Zuma has survived several past no-confidence votes.

Demonstrations both for and against Zuma are planned in front of the parliament building before the much-anticipated vote.