Holomisa concerned Mbete hasn’t made decision on motion vote

Bantu Holomisa says the parties are ready for the march and are expecting ordinary South Africans to join calls to have Zuma removed.

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG – United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa says its concerning that Baleka Mbete hasn’t made a decision on whether to allow the motion of no confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma to be done in secret.

The opposition says South Africa is in its worst crisis since 1994, with an increasing unemployment rate and a president at the centre of scandals and corruption.

The African National Congress (ANC) is expected to march to Parliament next week in support of Zuma when Members of Parliament (MPs) will debate in the motion of no confidence against him

At the same time, the Economic Freedom Fighters, Democratic Alliance, UDM, and African Christian Democratic Party will march together with civil society organisations in support of Zuma’s removal.

Holomisa says the parties are ready for the march and are expecting ordinary South Africans to join calls to have Zuma removed.

“We’re concerned because if it’s going to be a secret ballot, it has got a lot of logistics which Parliament needs to prepare for.

“In other words, the IEC must be advised to come and run those elections and I hope that Baleka Mbete by keeping quiet, made provision for such.”

Holomisa says it’s all systems go for opposition marches to Parliament ahead of the debate on a motion of no confidence.

“We are also ready for the marches. We are ready to listen to the Speaker or get a response from her whether there will be a secret ballot today, Sunday, Monday or even on Tuesday in the House.”

Holomisa says they ANC is “out of order” in instructing its MPs to toe the party line when the latest motion of no confidence in President Zuma comes before the National Assembly.

Earlier, ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu said voting in favour of the motion would be like “throwing a nuclear bomb at the country”.

He said: “Irrespective whether it’s secret of not secret if the opposition parties say let's go and vote, the people who will be on trial are the members of the ANC in the House.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)