SAfricas Zuma to face secret ballot of no-confidence tomorrow

South African President Jacob Zuma has come under increasing criticism from within his own party

Opposition parties, who asked for the secret ballot, had threatened to challenge Mbete's decision in court after the Constitutional Court in June left it to her discretion to decide on the voting procedure.

She said that her decision was "to ensure the outcome of this very important vote is credible".

The DA welcomes today's decision by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, to allow tomorrow's Motion of No Confidence in President Jacob Zuma to be conducted via secret ballot.

South Africa is 'witness to larceny on a grand scale, leaving the country not only impoverished, but also increasingly in the hands of criminalised and compromised governance, ' the veterans said in a statement.

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

If the motion does pass, Mbete becomes the acting president, pending parliamentary elections being called within 30 days. "There can't be special rules for others so if Baleka can go against the party line it means they [ANC MPs] can go against the party line", he said.

"The secret ballot gives the opportunity to MPs regardless of their political party, who have been intimidated, who have been threatened, who have been given bribes, to vote freely", he added.

He was speaking to News24 on the sidelines of a media briefing where his party was celebrating a year of being in charge of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay.

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.

As the ANC in Parliament we have always maintained that we will support whatever decision the Speaker takes on this matter.

But, of course, there is nothing in the bag yet.

On Friday, ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu said voting to remove Zuma would not only "collapse government", but also cause "enormous fracturing" in the party and be tantamount to throwing "a nuclear bomb" on South Africa.

It would take 50 ANC members backing the opposition for the vote to succeed.

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

He said the ANC caucus discussed the motion with four of the party's top six officials in attendance.

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