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South Africa's main opposition party urges ANC lawmakers to vote Zuma out

South Africa's main opposition party urges ANC lawmakers to vote Zuma out

The African National Congress has noted the decision reached by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Comrade Baleka Mbete, that voting on the motion of no confidence against the President of the Republic, Comrade Jacob Zuma, tomorrow, 8 August 2017, shall be by secret ballot.

This will be the first time that a no confidence motion through secret ballot against Zuma is to be conducted.

"We have noted a collision of the opposition parties and some groupings who are marching ahead of the scheduled motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma". She said her decision shows that parliament is responsive to the public.

Our correspondent reported that the secret vote could "embolden" some ruling party members to vote for Zuma's ousting.

This comes after the constitutional court ruled in June that as National Speaker, Mbete had the power to decide how the vote should proceed.

The President easily survived an impeachment vote in 2016 after South Africa's highest court ruled he had breached the constitution over government funds spent renovating his private home.

"People of South Africa look to parliament for signals of hope".




Zapiro's take on the Concourt's decision to put the Secret Ballot call in Baleka Mbete's hands.

"The speaker must do that without fear or favour", Mbete said in her speech.

While some opposition parties have started celebrating the awarding of a secret ballot, their festivity may be short lived if the ANC manages to close ranks and the opposition fails to unite fully. Fifty ANC lawmakers and all opposition legislators would have to back the no-confidence motion for it to pass - a move that would force Zuma and his entire cabinet to resign.

The ANC welcomes the opportunity to once again use the occasion of the debate on the motion of no confidence to speak to these successes which are daily lived reality for many of our people.

However, the EFF is confident that it has secured the support of sufficient numbers of ANC MPs - 60 to 70 would be a comfortable margin - to secure the 201 yes votes for a successful no confidence motion.

"MPs now have no excuse", DA leader Musi Maimane said.

Parliamentary caucus has warned its MPs to toe the party line, warning that President Zuma's removal would be tantamount to dropping a nuclear bomb on the country.

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