Mbete determines #NoConfidenceVote will be via secret ballot

The rand extended its gains against hard currencies on Monday afternoon‚ after National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete ruled the vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma would be conducted via secret ballot.

"I. determine that voting on the motion of no confidence in the president on the 8th of August 2017 will be by secret ballot", parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete announced on Monday.

Zuma has survived seven no confidence motions. One wonders if it's a risk Mbete is willing to take, given that a successful vote will make her Caretaker President until either parliament or, indirectly the electorate, chooses a permanent new incumbent.

Even if voted out of office tomorrow, Mr Zuma will remain ANC president until the ruling party's December's elective conference.

Opposition parties, who asked for the secret ballot, had threatened to challenge Mbete's decision in court after the Constitutional Court in June left it to her discretion to decide on the voting procedure.

That was Mbete's decision - some six weeks after the Constitutional Court ruled it was her decision and her decision alone as to how the vote in this constitutional motion would go, and with less than 24 hours before the debate in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

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"The people of South Africa look to parliament to give direction in challenging times".

Lekota said the speaker should agree to a process by which MPs cast their votes on blank pieces of paper or ballots that are not traceable through numbers, to offer security to dissenting ANC MPs.

"We must show responsiveness to our people". Fifty ANC lawmakers and all opposition legislators would have to back the no-confidence motion for it to pass - a move that would force Zuma and his entire cabinet to resign. However, a large number of pro-Zuma marchers from some of the ruling party's affiliates are also expected to air their views outside of parliament.

The ANC has insisted it was never against a secret ballot taking place because it was confident the motion would not be supported by enough ANC MPs to carry it.

Parliamentary caucus has warned its MPs to toe the party line, warning that President Zuma's removal would be tantamount to dropping a nuclear bomb on the country.

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