President Jacob Zuma’s fitness to lead the country will be debated in Parliament on 18 April.
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has granted opposition requests for a special sitting of Parliament to debate a motion of no confidence in him.
African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPs) last year voted down two motions of no confidence in Zuma.
This latest one comes amid a groundswell of protest over Zuma’s decision to fire former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas.
More than 50 ANC MPs will have to break ranks for the motion to succeed; opposition parties say they should.
The Democratic Alliance’s John Steenhuisen said: “Enough is enough it’s time to stop President Jacob Zuma, to stop this madness, to stop this damage, to our economy and the socio-political fabric of South Africa. It’s time to do the right thing and stand up for the good and right of South Africa.”
The Economic Freedom Fighters’ Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said: “They, like Zuma, must defy the ANC. We call on them to make the right decision and save the country from the instability, economically and otherwise, that Zuma has plunged it into.”
United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said: “The lobbying will intensify, especially where we extend our hands to our brothers and sisters in the ruling party.”