3 August set for Zuma no-confidence vote
Parliament has announced that National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has scheduled for the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma to take place on 3 August 2017.
CAPE TOWN - A date has been set for a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, however, there is no word yet on whether Members of Parliament will be allowed to vote in secret.
Last week, the Constitutional Court ruled Speaker Baleka Mbete had the discretionary power to decide on the voting process.
Zuma has survived seven similar attempts to remove him from office, but this time opposition parties are hoping ANC members would vote against him if their vote is secret.
Parliamentary rules required Mbete to schedule the motion for debate within a reasonable time.
Parliament's spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says after consulting with the Leader of Government Business and the Chief Whip of the ANC, she chose 3 August.
"The Speaker of the National Assembly has taken a decision that the motion of no confidence be debated on 3 August. In the interim, the Speaker has requested political parties to submit their standpoint with regard to whether a motion of no confidence should be done by way of a secret ballot or an open ballot. This will form part of a whole range of matters that she will consider.”
On the issue of a secret ballot, Mbete wants political parties to send her submissions on their preferred voting method before she makes her decision.
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