South Africa MPs in secret ballot on Zuma

  • South Africa MPs in secret ballot on Zuma

South Africa MPs in secret ballot on Zuma

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete said at a press conference in Cape Town that the vote on Tuesday, which could bring an end to Mr Zuma's presidency, is to show that parliament is responsive to South Africa's people.

She announced her decision on Monday on whether the vote in the debate on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma the following day will be by secret ballot or not.

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.

From requesting a meeting with the speaker to giving her an ultimatum, the DA demanded that she make her decision on the secret ballot by 09:00 on Saturday - this, also, to no avail.

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.

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader, Bantu Holomisa says a secret ballot will protect all M-Ps from being victimsed If they support the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma tomorrow.

Malema added: "We are convinced that ANC members will do the right thing".

Ahead of the vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma, eNCA anchor, Lester Kiewit interviewed ANC Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu.

"MPs now have no excuse", DA leader Musi Maimane said.

"It is my duty to act responsibly when I assessed how my decision will impact all members".

"The people of South Africa look to parliament to give direction in challenging times".

"The Speaker must maintain and preserve the order of and the proper decorum in the House and uphold the dignity and good name of the House".

"If Baleka went against the party line‚ in the open‚ what stops an ANC MP from going against the line in secret?" he asked. Almost all of the 149 opposition MPs have stated they will vote for Mr Zuma to be removed.

The party's stalwarts have urged ANC MPs to support the motion of no confidence in Zuma, saying this will save the organisation. That has never been heard of with any sitting president in the last 23 years.