A total of 177 MPs voted in favour of the motion, with 198 MPs voting for the president to remain in his position..
Julius Malema, head of the Economic Freedom Fighters party, said: "Our work is now bringing some positive results..."
Melanie Rice reports from Cape Town in front of the parliament.
Zuma has survived seven no confidence motions which were conducted by open ballot.
South African President Jacob Zuma (C, Front) addresses supporters of South Africa's ruling African National Congress after he survived a no confidence motion in Cape Town, South Africa, on August 8, 2017.
The ANC vowed to defeat the motion "as we have defeated all other attempts by the opposition to overthrow our popularly elected government". "That would be akin to a coup".
'We are here to remove Duduzane's father. "We are here to remove Duduzane because Duduzane's father is the most corrupt individual in this country". The latest (and biggest) controversy centres on claims that he has allowed his wealthy businessman friends, the Gupta brothers, to meddle in cabinet appointments and rake in preferential government contracts. De Kadt said that if Zuma survives the motion, it could result in the ANC losing even more support.
Parliament speaker Baleka Mbete made a surprise decision to hold the ballot in secret after a campaign by the opposition who hoped to encourage ANC members to vote against their leader.
And he saluted dissident ANC MP Makhosi Khoza who has vowed to vote with her conscience as doing the "honourable and the ultimate service to our people".
The party could in theory convene a meeting of the national executive committee, its highest decision-making body, before then to have him removed from office. "It is their own imagination", Zuma added.
It means that at least 26 ruling party MPs voted with the opposition. It was ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe, who delivered the message. And.
Zuma has easily survived several previous parliamentary votes held without secret balloting. We will vote for the ANC.
GRANITZ: The 75-year-old Zuma has been dogged by scandal and allegations of corruption during his time in office.