What happens if MPs are absent during #NoConfidence vote?

The vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma is due to take place in Parliament on Tuesday and will be the first ever to be conducted via secret ballot.

The ANC has issued a strict instruction for all members to attend and vote.

But what happens if some MPs are absent due to illness?

Constitutional law expert Professor Pierre de Vos explains the basics.

The Constitution says the majority of the members of the National Assembly, not the people present, must vote for the motion.

Prof Pierre de Vos, Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance at the University of Cape Town

If people are off sick, they are still members of the National Assembly

Prof Pierre de Vos, Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance at the University of Cape Town

If it really comes down to one vote ... it might end up in court.

Prof Pierre de Vos, Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance at the University of Cape Town

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