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ConCourt sets date for secret ballot case against Zuma

4 May 2017 10:11 AM

UDM wants Members of Parliament to be allowed to vote by secret ballot in a motion of no confidence against President Zuma.

The Constitutional Court has set the date to hear arguments on whether a secret ballot on a motion of no confidence debate against President Jacob Zuma should be allowed.

The highest court in the land will hear the matter on May 15.

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) approached the ConCourt last month after National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete said it was not within her powers to grant permission for a secret ballot.

UDM argues that neither the Constitution nor the rules of the National Assembly provide for a vote of no confidence to be conducted by secret ballot.

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

Political analyst and Talk At Nine host, Karima Brown, says Parliament may discuss the date for the debate in the National Assembly when it meets on Thursday.

Also read: Analysis on what Constitution says about secret ballot in motion of no confidence

The Speaker and Presidency are opposing UDM's call.

Listen to Karima Brown below for more details...


4 May 2017 10:11 AM