South Africa's president survives vote to oust him

A top official of South Africa's ruling party says that President Jacob Zuma escaped a move to vote him out as the country's leader by the party's senior members.

The African National Congress Secretary General Gwede Mantashe told journalists in Johannesburg on Tuesday that the majority of the party's 80 executive committee members voted to keep Zuma in office.

The motion to dismiss Zuma, 74, who has been embroiled in a string of corruption allegations since he came to office in 2009, was introduced at the executive committee meeting in Pretoria on Saturday.

Many ANC members blame Zuma's scandals for the party's poor performance in local elections in August in which it lost the key municipalities of Johannesburg and Pretoria to the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance.