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

Gugs Mhlungu standing in for CapeTalk/702's Eusebius Mckaiser speaks to Political Analyst Professor Somadoda Fikeni following the Constitutional Court ruling on whether the vote of confidence against President Jacob Zuma may be done through a secret ballot.

Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete earlier said it was not in her power to grant voting through secret ballot but on Thursday the ConCourt ruled that the Speaker has the constitutional power to prescribe that a motion of no confidence be done through secret ballot.

This is after the United Democratic Movement approached ConCourt to make a ruling on the matter.

The context and the rational argument presented by the Chief Justice makes it almost impossible for her not to adopt the secret ballot, otherwise, she would have to provide a superior argument and logic.

Prof Somadoda Fikeni, Political analyst

To that extent we can expect without much delay to have a secret vote for the vote of no confidence.

Prof Somadoda Fikeni, Political analyst

Fikeni says party members will now rely on doing 'proper work and fulfilling public interest' rather than relying on how their members will be voting.

The ConCourt's decision will set precedence for other political parties, he adds.

This is supposed to be the case that when people are sworn into office, the public good and the public interest should always be their mandate. Even their party position should be trying to enforce and re-enforce that.

Prof Somadoda Fikeni, Political analyst

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