Nine parties vote for secret ballot

Mbete will make decision on voting method in no-confidence motion before debate on August 8

Mbete will make decision on voting method in no-confidence motion before debate on August 8

The DA has today written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, to request that she make her decision on whether the DA's Motion of No Confidence in President Jacob Zuma, scheduled for 8 August 2017, should proceed via secret ballot by the end of this week.

They are the African National Congress‚ Democratic Alliance‚ Economic Freedom Fighters‚ Inkatha Freedom Party‚ National Freedom Party‚ United Democratic Movement‚ Freedom Front Plus‚ African Christian Democratic Party and Congress of the People.

Mbete said she would have to consider "a wide range of factors" in making her decision.

"Of those nine, the ANC and the DA have indicated that they will abide by the decision of the Speaker while the rest of the remaining parties that submitted indicated that they prefer the motion to be done by way of a secret ballot".

The Constitutional Court ruled in June that Mbete has the power to decide on whether a secret ballot should be used.

"She can not shift her responsibility". Your action undermines your duty to act as liaison between Parliament, as an institution, and the other arms of state.

"This means that she still fails to separate her role as head of the National Assembly", he said. "The Speaker has a long history of showing bias in her slavish defence of President Zuma", he said.

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