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MPs should be protected from intimidation - Holomisa

11 April 2017 1:08 PM

United Democratic Movement leader says ANC intimidated MPs in public, therefore, they should be protected through secret ballots.

National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete will respond on Tuesday to the Constitutional Court application by the leader of the United Democratic Movement, Bantu Holomisa.

Holomisa is asking that Members of Parliament be allowed to vote through a secret ballot during motion of no confidence motion in President Jacob Zuma.

Read: Mbete doesn't have powers to grant voting through secret ballot - Parliament

Speaking to CapeTalk/702's Stephen Grootes, Holomisa says Members of Parliament should be protected against intimidation by ANC members, which is why UDM is requesting that voting be done through a secret ballot.

We are saying why did the ANC go public and intimidate members of Parliament?

Bantu Holomisa, President of the United Democratic Movement

Holomisa says some members of the tripartite alliance and other members of the ANC have come forward calling for Zuma to go. This would then provide them with a facility in which they can protect themselves if they chose to vote against Zuma.

Former President Thabo Mbeki has also released a statement asking Members of Parliament to vote in the best interest of the country. Holomisa says he believes some MPs will listen to Mbeki and do the right thing.

Read: Mbeki calls on ANC MPs to vote in people's interest in motion of no confidence

Holomisa commented on a statement made by President Zuma that marches that were held on Friday showed that racism was still present in our society.

That's a careless statement coming from the head of state ... when these guys are in a tight corner they always want to play the race card.

Bantu Holomisa, President of the United Democratic Movement

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : MPs should be protected from intimidation - Holomisa


11 April 2017 1:08 PM