ANC caucus will not vote against President - ANC Chief Whip #SecretBallot

After much anticipation, the Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete has the constitutional power to prescribe that a motion of no confidence be done through secret ballot.

EWN reporter, Clement Manyathela was at the ruling.

What really stood out for me was how the Chief Justice and the Constitutional Court were very cautious on this issue of judicial overreach.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Also read: Concourt makes it impossible for Mbete not to adopt secret ballot - analyst

They are not ordering the Speaker to take any decision but in their body of the judgment, seem to be directing Mbete on how to make that decision says Manyathela.

Mbete previously said she had no power to grant voting through secret ballot according to Parliament's rules.

On Thursday, Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, refuted Mbete's earlier claims and advised that the Speaker now has the properly guided latitude to prescribe what she considers to be an appropriate voting procedure.

On top of that, they are saying her decision must be proper and rational.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

African National Congress (ANC), Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu also spoke to Stephen Grootes, of The Midday Report saying they welcome the judgment.

Mthembu says the ANC will further interrogate the ruling later. He adds that the ruling, suggests the Speaker ensures a secret ballot vote.

As the ANC we will not be obstructionists.

Jackson Mthembu, Chief Whip, ANC

Mthembu adds that although they will not oppose a secret vote, the ANC caucus will not remove its President and government by voting with opposition parties.

Listen to Jackson Mthembu's reaction here:


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