South Africa is 'witness to larceny on a grand scale, leaving the country not only impoverished, but also increasingly in the hands of criminalised and compromised governance, ' the veterans said in a statement. "This motion will be defeated irrespective of whether it is by open or secret ballot". Cope leader Mosiua Lekota said the secret ballot was "the only right decision any Speaker could have made", and that this was "groundbreaking".
Mbete said she took to heart what the Constitutional Court said, including if there was a prevailing toxic or highly charged atmosphere.
The speaker of the parliament, Baleka Mbete, announced the move to hold a secret ballot this afternoon, ending weeks of speculation for the eighth motion of no confidence against Zuma.
The ANC has told its lawmakers to vote against the motion, intending to use its parliamentary majority to back Zuma, as it has in earlier attempts to oust him.
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"Tomorrow is the beginnings of an opportunity", said one ANC lawmaker who declined to be named.
"The ANC has been gifted by the opposition and should take advantage". Even if it were‚ they said‚ Zuma was unlikely to be removed. "It is a vote against the kleptocracy President Jacob Zuma has actively developed during his tenure as the leader of the ANC and president of the country", Khoza said. United Democratic Movement (UDM) president Bantu Holomisa said they will insist that the same procedure be followed as when a president is elected in the National Assembly.
This motion by the Democratic Alliance, who are our political nemesis is a political ploy created to undermine our popularly elected government, fracture and weaken the ANC with an aim of removing it from government by any means outside of general elections.
The motion, which was introduced by the opposition Democratic Alliance, needs 201 out of 400 votes to succeed. They were in the National Assembly as members of the ANC, who had to carry out ANC decisions and policies, Maphatsoe said. This list is nothing but fake news to the extent that some of the people on the list have long left Parliament including comrade Joyce Moloi-Moropa. This motion, just like others before it, will be defeated.