ConCourt to rule on secret ballot vote

The Constitutional Court is expected to make a ruling on the United Democratic Movement (UDM)’s application to allow for a secret ballot in Parliament.

The UDM approached the court in May, requesting the go ahead to vote in secret during a proposed motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma.

The debate around the fifth motion of no confidence was postponed by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to wait on the outcome of the court’s decision.

Political analyst Karima Brown has more.

There is a lot of speculation around what the court could probably decide. We have already seen that some sections of the ANC believe that all this law-fare amounts to overreach by the judiciary.

Karima Brown, political analyst

I think the court might very well find that constitutionally speaking, a secret ballot is not ruled out but that it is for Parliament to make that decision.

Karima Brown, political analyst

READ: Speaker has constitutional obligation to grant secret ballot, argues Dali Mpofu

The big test of course will be on ANC MPs, how they are going to vote. Secret ballot or no secret ballot, we know the party line are not siding with the opposition and we know the growing revolt inside the African National Congress.... so it is going to be an important decision on way or the other.

Karima Brown, political analyst

Meanwhile ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, this weekend, is expected to meet with the party's Integrity Committee (IC) to discuss party matters.

Yesterday he down played the fact that some newspapers were saying he has been summoned. He said no I am not being summoned, it is an ordinary meeting.

Karima Brown, political analyst

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