AS IT HAPPENED: #SecretBallot for #NoConfidenceVote in Zuma

2017-08-07 14:24

Scroll through this blog for all the news, views and analysis on the decision by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to have the vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma by secret ballot and the anti-Zuma protest to Parliament.

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07 Aug 18:47

TUNE IN: News24 Frontline

News24 Political Editor Mahlatse Gallens and News24 Video Editor Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath host an exciting panel of South African politicians on the eve of the #NoConfidenceVote in Parliament. 

Watch as ANC MP Makhosi Khoza, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa, Saftu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and ANC Youth League Secretary Njabulo Nzuza share their respective stances on Tuesday's vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.


07 Aug 18:23

Pierre de Vos: Why the vote of no confidence in Zuma could fail

Constitutional Law expert Professor Pierre de Vos says he will be surprised if President Jacob Zuma is booted out of office by the National Assembly.

In an interview with East Coast Radio, De Vos said party loyalty is very strong in South Africa and that ANC members would also be concerned who will take over from Zuma as the party is already seemingly divided.


07 Aug 18:09

[ICYMI] Full statement by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete on having a secret ballot in the upcoming motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

"I have taken this extraordinary approach in the interests of transparency and also having taken account of the huge interest in this matter which has been expressed in various quarters of society."


07 Aug 18:06
ALMOST TIME: News24 Frontline will be in conversation with outspoken ANC MP Makhosi Khoza, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa, Saftu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and ANC Youth League Secretary Njabulo Nzuza. The LIVE interview starts at 19h00 tonight.

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07 Aug 17:53

Put the future of South Africa first, MPs urged

Members of Parliament should follow the lead of National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete by putting South Africa first during the vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

This is the call from Future South Africa who said MPs must show respect for the Constitution and honour their duty to the nation.

"Regardless of party affiliation, they must vote Jacob Zuma out of office, once and for all, to ensure that South Africa has a future.

"More than anything, they must vote Zuma out to ensure that South Africa has a future built on social justice, equality, respect for the Constitution and leadership with integrity and respect."


07 Aug 17:45

Pressure on ANC mounting - OUTA

National Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete's decision to allow for the no confidence vote to be held by secret ballot doesn't guarantee that President Jacob Zuma will be removed, says  OUTA chairperson Wayne Duvenage.

"We will now find out if there is sufficient moral courage for the ANC MPs to make what many believe is the right decision - to remove a corrupt president from office. However, whatever the outcome of tomorrow's vote, South Africa is poised for change.

"If Jacob Zuma is still in office after the motion of no confidence on August 8, the heat placed on the ANC to remove him as their head - or at least the country’s president - will become untenable."


07 Aug 17:39

Secret ballot announcement a 'surprise' - analysts

National Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete's decision to allow for the no confidence vote to be held by secret ballot on Tuesday, caught analysts by surprise.

“This was not expected, as reflected in the rand-dollar exchange rate, which strengthened immediately on the announcement to R13.19/USD from R13.35/$ before the announcement,” said Citi Velocity economist Gina Schoeman in a company note.

“We did not expect Mbete to allow for a secret ballot, as she has been assumed to be a supporter of President Jacob Zuma, particularly as she has shown interest in being an ANC presidential candidate at the December 2017 ANC elective conference.”


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The future of this beloved country lies in your vote, writes Wits University vice chancellor Prof Adam Habib.

"You stand at the cusp of history where a momentous decision has to be made, perhaps one of the most significant in the short life of our democratic nation."


07 Aug 17:05
Although the ANC welcomed the decision by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete on having a secret ballot in the motion of no confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma, the ruling party remains positive in their members of Parliament.

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07 Aug 16:55

At least 50 ANC MPs needed to remove Zuma

At least 50 of the ANC’s 249 MPs need to vote with the opposition to remove President Jacob Zuma from office on Tuesday.

That is if all opposition MPs also support the motion of no confidence in him. Zuma has survived seven previous votes of no confidence.


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Here is a list of the various marches relating to the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

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Axed former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas says he wanted to be part of the civil society march. "The struggle continues," he says.

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How will the dice fall?

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07 Aug 16:12

Rand rallies on surprise secret vote call on Zuma

The rand has rallied to under R13.20/$ after Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete announced that the vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will be done by secret ballot.


07 Aug 16:10

REMINDER: News24 Frontline will be in conversation with outspoken ANC MP Makhosi Khoza, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa, Saftu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and ANC Youth League Secretary Njabulo Nzuza.

The LIVE interview starts at 19h00 tonight.


07 Aug 16:08

Makhosi Khoza's message to ANC MPs

ANC MP Makhosi Khoza earlier called on her colleagues in the National Assembly to "do the right thing" in supporting a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

She conceded that the motion is not a "silver bullet" to rescue the ailing country, but is a "critical step" for South Africa to reclaim its democracy.

"Our democracy has been usurped by a suffocating web of greed, corruption and patronage that has become the hallmark of the current ANC leadership," she said.


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The National Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete has announced that the vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will be done through a secret ballot on Tuesday.

This comes after opposition parties, including the Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters and United Democratic Movement, made numerous unsuccessful calls for the speaker to announce her decision in advance so to allow them enough time to deliberate on a way forward.


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