Opposition parties say Tuesday night's vote has given them renewed vigour to take their battle against Zuma to the courts.
But the African National Congress (ANC) says the only thing that matters is that the motion was defeated.
With 384 votes cast, 177 voted in favour of the motion, 198 voted no, and nine abstained.
This means that as many as 26 ANC MPs could have sided with the opposition to have the president ousted.
“Whilst the opposition paraded in public through propaganda that they were talking to the MPs of the ANC, we were talking to their MPs and that's why some abstained.”
Zuma will now have to turn his attention to three court actions involving him which begin next month, including the EFF's attempt to have him impeached.