DA Federal Leader James Selfe, says Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng handed down the right order that the Speaker of Parliament has the discretion to grant voting through a secret ballot and that the discretion has to be exercised in a rational way.
According to Selfe the DA was not part of the opposition parties that made an application to the Constitutional Court to order Baleka Mbete to allow the vote of no confidence to be done through a secret ballot. He says they were in court as an interested bystander.
In this particular case, there is evidence that people have been intimidated in various ways including having death threats made against them.— James Selfe, DA Federal Executive Chairperson
I think she will be very hard pressed in this particular case not to hold a secret ballot.— James Selfe, DA Federal Executive Chairperson
When asked if the DA will be taking the Speaker of Parliament to court if she doesn't grant voting through a secret ballot, his answer was "the matter is reviewable".
The necessity will rest on her to make a rational decision that would stand up in court.— James Selfe, DA Federal Executive Chairperson
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