Mbete to reveal secret ballot decision

  • Mbete to reveal secret ballot decision

Mbete to reveal secret ballot decision

A no-confidence vote on President Jacob Zuma will be by secret ballot, the South African parliamentary speaker has said.

On Monday, Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, announced her decision that the vote would occur via a secret ballot.

Market focus also on politics as Zuma faces a ninth attempt by the opposition to unseat him by peeling off dissidents from his ruling African National Congress (ANC) party.

However, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, a former ANC youth league president, has insisted that at least 60 ANC MPs had privately confirmed to him that they would vote against Mr Zuma if a secret ballot was held.

In June, the nation's highest court said it was up to the speaker of parliament to decide whether the vote could be done by secret ballot.

The UDM, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the DA have argued that these guidelines make it almost impossible for the speaker to reject their request for a secret ballot.

The UDM, the DA and the EFF asked Mbete to schedule a motion of no confidence in Zuma, with the UDM later asking Mbete to prescribe a secret ballot.

Mbete said the people of South Africa looked to Parliament for signals of hope and she has considered the environment and the voices expressing doubt in the integrity and values of the Constitution.

"Tomorrow is the beginnings of an opportunity", said one ANC lawmaker who declined to be named.

She told journalists that she had a duty to act responsibly when exercising her constitutional powers.

ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said the party was not surprised by Mbete's decision and it supported it.

The main opposition Democratic Alliance party urged ANC lawmakers to vote Zuma out.

The ANC in the greater KwaDukuza Region is set to stage a march against calls for the removal of President Jacob Zuma tomorrow (Tuesday, August 8).

"We appeal to the majority party in parliament to take the lead in corrective action through their votes".

Meanwhile, ANC veteran Cheryl Carolus says all South Africans have to accept joint responsibility for the detreating state of leadership in the country. "We must also stress that the vote tomorrow is about saving SA from an irredeemably corrupt president", said Holomisa.