We will still defeat secret no confidence motion - ANC in Parliament

2017-08-07 19:37
President Jacob Zuma. (Gianluigi Guercia, AFP)

President Jacob Zuma. (Gianluigi Guercia, AFP)

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WATCH: Mbete determines #NoConfidenceVote will be via secret ballot

2017-08-07 15:33

National Assembly Speaker Ms Baleka Mbete addresses the media on the voting procedure to be followed, when the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma is debated in the National Assembly on 8 August. Watch. WATCH

Cape Town - The ANC in Parliament says the decision by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete on holding the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma by secret ballot makes no difference in its stance.

A defiant African National Congress chief whip Jackson Mthembu on Monday said the party was on record as saying it was not adverse to a secret or open ballot.

"As the ANC in Parliament we have always maintained that we will support whatever decision the Speaker takes on this matter," a statement from Mthembu's office said.

Mthembu said that the motion by their "political nemesis" the Democratic Alliance was just a ploy designed to undermine the popularly-elected government and fracture the ANC.

"This motion is therefore in the interest of the Democratic Alliance and opposition forces and not in the interest of our country.

"We reiterate our stance that the ANC will vote against this motion. We will not vote with the opposition to collapse our democratically-elected government."

Also read: Secret ballot in the best interests of country - Mbete

Mthembu also rubbished a list of names circulating online suggesting 95 ANC MPs would vote in favour of the motion via secret ballot.

"This list is nothing but fake news to the extent that some of the people on the list have long left Parliament including comrade Joyce Moloi-Moropa. The other member included on the list is a member whom we buried this past week, comrade Trevor Bonhomme."

It showed the utter desperation of their detractors.

Mbete on Monday said her decision to hold the upcoming motion of no confidence in Zuma via secret ballot was in the best interests of the country.

"The people of South Africa look to Parliament to give direction during challenging times. We must dare not underestimate this privilege and responsibility," Mbete told the gathered media in Parliament.

"The people of South Africa also look to Parliament for signals of hope.

"I have considered the environment and heard voices expressing doubt in the integrity and values of our 20-year-old Constitution."

Parliament therefore had to use the opportunity to show responsiveness to the people, she said.

The sitting is due to take place from 14:00 on Tuesday.

Also read: Secret ballot announcement a 'surprise' - analysts

Read more on:    anc  |  jackson mthembu  |  baleka mbete  |  no confidence vote

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