Secret Ballot Gets Green Light For Zuma Ousting

Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete has given the go-ahead for a secret ballot in Tuesday’s debate on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

Baleka Mbete
June 22, 2017. Speaker of the House Baleka Mbete during President Jacob Zuma’s Q&A in the National Assembley, Cape Town . PHOTOGRAPH: ESA ALEXANDER/THE TIMES

Making the announcement on Monday, Mbete said she had taken “due and impartial consideration of all the factors” in making her decision.

She said she was mindful of the fact that a motion of no confidence was a “powerful tool towards holding the president to account” and that MPs were obliged to act in accordance with the Constitution above party allegiances.

The DA welcomed today’s decision by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, to allow tomorrow’s Motion of No Confidence in President Jacob Zuma to be conducted via secret ballot.

In June‚ the Constitutional Court ruled there was scope in the parliamentary rules for a secret ballot‚ and ordered Mbete to make the decision.

The matter was taken to court by the United Democratic Movement.

At the weekend‚ Mbete told the Sunday Times that she had not been delaying making the decision‚ but that it had been a difficult process.

The motion will take place at 2pm on Tuesday.

– Parliamentary Bureau

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