What Impact Will Today’s Vote Have on ZAR

The South African rand could surge if President Jacob Zuma is ousted by a motion of no confidence in the nation’s parliament, though gains would reverse if Zuma survives the vote, analysts say.

The currency rose for a second day on Tuesday after being the best performer among 31 major peers Monday as National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete said parliament would vote by secret ballot Tuesday.

Parliament sits at 2 p.m. local time to consider the motion, and the results are expected to be tallied later in the afternoon.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.