Baleka, Zuma file papers in no confidence motion matter

The UDM wants a secret ballot when voting on the motion takes place because it says ANC MPs are being threatened and intimidated.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma and National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete outside Parliament ahead of State of the Nation Address in 2015. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma and National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete have filed their papers in the Constitutional Court action to have a secret ballot when the motion of no confidence in Zuma is debated.

Eric Mabuza, the lawyer acting for the United Democratic Movement (UDM) which has brought the action, has confirmed to Eyewitness News that the documents have been received.

He says the UDM wants a secret ballot when voting on the motion takes place because it says ANC MPs are being threatened and intimidated to prevent them from going against the party line.

"I can confirm that we have now received the answering papers of both the Speaker and the president. And obviously, we have to consider them before we file our response, which is due next week on Wednesday."