'The sooner we can bring change, the better'

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says even if the motion of no confidence in President Zuma fails, the party won’t stop there in trying to bring him down.

FILE: Leaders of various opposition parties hold a briefing outside Parliament on the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, which Baleka Mbete has decided will be held by secret ballot. Picture: Moeketsi Moticoe/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says even if Tuesday’s motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma fails, the party won’t stop there in trying to bring him down.

The party will head to court next month. It wants Zuma to be forced to heed the remedial action proposed by the Public Protector in her state capture report.

Zuma is challenging the report’s recommendations.

Maimane says that irrespective of the outcome of Tuesday’s vote, the party will continue to pursue its legal challenges against the president.

“We stand against corruption, Jacob Zuma and our state being captured. So, the sooner we can bring change, the better.”

SECRET BALLOT

On Monday, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete announced that the motion of no confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma will be by secret ballot.

Opposition parties had wanted a secret ballot to protect African National Congress (ANC) members from any retribution if they vote against the president.

She says although South Africans are allowed to know how their MPs vote in the House, a secret ballot is necessary for a highly charged and toxic environment.

THE MECHANICS OF A SECRET BALLOT

The last time lawmakers voted by way of a secret ballot in the National Assembly was in 2009 when they had to choose between Congress of the People candidate Mvume Dandala or ANC nominee Zuma for president.

The vote was presided over by the Chief Justice. Former secretary to the National Assembly Kasper Hahndiek says if Mbete allows a secret ballot on Tuesday, either she or her deputy will preside.

He says, parliamentary staff, will also have to be sworn in to officiate over proceedings.

During a secret ballot, Hahndiek says Members of Parliament will have to make their way to voting booths on the floor of the National Assembly chamber.

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Additional reporting by Ray White and Rahima Essop.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)