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‘We know members of the ANC aren’t stupid'

The City of Cape Town is expecting thousands of people to converge on the parliamentary precinct ahead of the all-important vote.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma addressing Members of Parliament. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN – Thousands of pro and anti-Zuma supporters will descend on Parliament on Tuesday morning as Members of Parliament (MPs) prepare to decide President Jacob Zuma’s fate.

Other marches are also planned in parts of Gauteng and elsewhere in the country.

On Monday, in a surprise move, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbethe granted the opposition their request for a secret vote, avoiding protracted legal action.

The City of Cape Town is expecting thousands of people to converge on the parliamentary precinct ahead of the all-important vote.

African National Congress (ANC) supporters are expected to start gathering for a pro-Zuma march at the Grand Parade from this hour.

The ANC’s Cape Metro region is adamant the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will fail.

The region is recognized as a Zuma stronghold.

Regional Chairperson Xolani Sotashe says ANC MPs will destabilize the country if they vote against Zuma.

“We deployed those comrades in Parliament with full confidence. With all the challenges that we have as an organisation, we know members of the ANC are not stupid.”

Up to ten thousand pro-Zuma supporters have been allowed to march to Parliament from 10am, while a march against Zuma’s leadership will start at Keizersgracht Street at 10am.

Both demonstrations will converge at the gates of Parliament.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)