The secret ballot witch hunt

THE president survived the eighth motion of no confidence. Only this time it was too close for comfort as many ANC members ignored the party directive and voted with the opposition to get rid of Zuma.

By a mere victory margin of 21 votes the president and his cabinet was handed another opportunity to continue to rule South Africa.

Opposition parties are hailing this a major victory in their quest to unseat Zuma as president.

The voting process was also unprecented in our history as lawmakers voted for the first time via secret ballot.

One may even ponder the outcome of the other seven votes of no confidence if members were allowed to vote secretly.

However, being a democratic process, minister Jeff Radebe and Zweli Mkhize are asking for ministers who did not toe the party line and voted for the motion, to explain their actions. Maybe this is rhetorical because these ministers are upholding their credibility of office to the electorate and sending a strong message that they are unhappy.

The question is, what mechanisms will be used to discipline members since this is a secret ballot. If this ever happens the credibility of the whole process of secrecy will be compromised.

VIJAY SURUJPAL

KZN

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