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UDM turns to ConCourt in bid to have secret ballot in Zuma confidence vote

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has turned down a request for voting on the motion to be conducted by secret ballot.

FILE: UDM leader Bantu Holomisa. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has turned to the courts in a bid to have a vote on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma held in secret.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has turned down a request for voting on the motion to be conducted by secret ballot.

A debate and vote will be held next Tuesday.

UDM leader, Bantu Holomisa, says the matter will be heard in the Constitutional Court on Monday.

“We went to the court because we want to make sure that all Members of Parliament will vote freely without any intimidation from their bosses.

“The papers have been served yesterday evening, if I’m not mistaken, and they should be in court today.”