Secret ballot on ‘vote of no confidence’

Parliament is set to debate a proposed motion of no confidence on president Jacob Zuma. The debate, which encompasses a secret ballot will commence next week. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) approached the Constitutional Court to force a secret ballot, this they argue, is to allow the respective Members of Parliament to vote consciously without the pressure of being ostracized.

South Africa has been embroiled in a political turmoil that has resulted in the country’s foreign and local currency ratings being downgraded to ‘junk status’ following Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle. Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas were among the Ministers that were subject to the reshuffle.

Speaker of the National Assembly and member of ANC, Baleka Mbete, opposes the secret ballot, and is yet to explain her position by Tuesday afternoon to the Constitutional Court. Mbete appears as one of the few top ANC members who confidently stand with the president in the light of a looming revolt.

Former president Thabo Mbeki penned an exclusive article on The Star, imploring MP’s to vote in line with what the public wants. To put society first as oppose to advancing party interests. These words have been echoed all through the three weeks that have followed the reshuffle. Now South Africa waits in bated breath, hoping that the vote of the confidence produces desired results.

Nondumiso Tshabalala

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