As the debate over a secret ballot in a proposed motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma continues, Coongress of the People (Cope) leader, Mosioua Lekota has responded to the assumption that MPs will be bought in the process.
A unanimous judgment handed down by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in the Constitutional Court on Thursday has raised questions over whether or not Parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete will cautiously use her discretion.
Political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi says Mbete should err on the side of transparency to avoid parliamentarians being bought.
Lekota says however, while coercion is possible, a secret ballot will help protect MPs.
No opposition party can guarantee that all its members want to vote in this way or the other and so some of these parties also exercise similar coercion, so once the speaker is aware that there is pressure and coercion on some of the members, her instrument is a secret ballot so that all of them are protected.— Mosioua Lekota, COPE leader
We cannot assume that there has been a bribery unless you can catch somebody doing that.... anytime, even after, if it is found that bribery took place you can arrest that person, take them to the court and sentence them. All democracies use secret ballot because it is understood and accepted as the only impregnable measure to ensure that everybody is within their right.— Mosioua Lekota, COPE leader
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