Zuma to address ANC MPs ahead of no confidence vote

President Jacob Zuma is expected to address ANC MPs who are holding their final caucus meeting ahead of the motion of no confidence against him.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Supplied.

PARLIAMENT - President Jacob Zuma is expected to address African National Congress (ANC) MPs who are holding their final caucus meeting ahead of Tuesday afternoon’s motion of no confidence against him.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe is also expected to speak at the meeting, which is being held behind closed doors.

MPs will be voting by secret ballot once Tuesday afternoon’s debate is concluded.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete’s decision to allow for a secret ballot has ratcheted up tensions and uncertainty over whether or not ANC MPs will toe the line or break ranks during Tuesday afternoon’s vote.

About 50 ANC votes will be needed to achieve the simple majority of 201 yes votes for the Democratic Alliance’s motion of no confidence to succeed.

The ruling party’s MPs are under pressure to maintain the status quo, although some have already made it clear they will vote for President Zuma to go.

If the ANC caucus revolts and votes in favour of today’s motion, then Zuma and his Cabinet will have to step down and Mbete becomes acting president of the country until a new government is formed.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)