Opposition parties have been pushing for a secret ballot so as to encourage ANC MPs to vote with the opposition to remove Zuma from office.
The ANC, in a statement issued immediately after the result, said: 'We reiterate that we will never endorse or vote in favour of any motion that seeks to cripple our country'.
Mosiuoa Lekota, leader of opposition party Congress of the People, described the secret ballot against the President as "groundbreaking".
Sadly the Chief Whip of the party says the MPs who voted against Zuma will face disciplinary measures.
Zuma's critics see him as having delegitimized the ANC, the liberation movement that has governed South Africa since the election of Nelson Mandela.
Zuma's term continues until elections in 2019.
Speaking afterwards, Mr. Zuma said he had come to thank his supporters and "those in parliament who had voted correctly".
A motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma has failed, once again for the 8th time. Zuma secured 198 votes surviving yet another attempt to topple him even as ANC members of Parliament broke out into singing and dancing after the results were announced.
"We are deeply disappointed that some of our ANC members allowed themselves to be used by the opposition to fracture and weaken the ANC and destabilise our country".
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"Overall, though, around 60-70 ANC MPs (out of a total of 249 ANC MPs) would probably need to rebel for the motion to pass", Jackson said in a note.
Mmusi Maimane, the opposition leader, in an emotional speech that opened the debate, said, "the choice before us is a simple one".
The party holds a majority of Parliament's 400 seats.
The ANC has acknowledged recent criticism of the party, including the impact of a cabinet reshuffle in March when respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan was replaced with a close Zuma ally.
The reputation of Mr Zuma, who spent a decade in prison for his anti-apartheid activities and has been popular among some South Africans for his personal warmth and populist policies, has been tarnished by allegations of impropriety.
He also noted that some ANC MPs were absent without tendering an apology.
Zuma arrived to celebration and cheers of his name after he narrowly survived a motion of no confidence against him in the National Assembly on Tuesday night.
He has been accused of being in the sway of the Gupta business family, allegedly granting them influence over government appointments, contracts and state-owned businesses.