South African MPs are voting in secret on Tuesday on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.
The opposition hopes anonymity will embolden some members of the governing ANC to vote against a leader whom critics accuse of corruption and mismanaging the economy.
However governing ANC MPs met on Tuesday and resolved to support Zuma later in the day.
Zuma, who also attended the meeting, was described as being calm and jovial by the party’s chief whip Jackson Mthembu.
South African MPs to cast secret ballots in Zuma no-confidence vote https://t.co/IZ7FHaixvA #zumavote pic.twitter.com/i9qEeC1Lus— AFP news agency (@AFP) 8 août 2017
There is no shortage of protesters however, calling for him to go.
Hours before the vote, anti-Zuma demonstrators blocked roads with burning tyres and rocks across Gauteng province, where the commercial hub Johannesburg and capital Pretoria are located.
Some posters featured a cartoon of Zuma in a dustbin.