'You don’t do this against your own family'
Cabinet Minister Lindiwe Zulu has accused the ANC Members of Parliament MPs who broke ranks to vote against President Zuma in Tuesday’s no-confidence vote of selling out.
CAPE TOWN – Cabinet Minister Lindiwe Zulu has accused the African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament MPs who broke ranks to vote against President Jacob Zuma in Tuesday’s no-confidence vote of selling out.
While the motion was defeated by 198 votes to 177, the margin was only 21 votes.
This means at least 26 ANC MPs defied the party line, while the number could be as high as 35 if ruling party MPs were also responsible for all nine abstentions.
While Zulu acknowledges the secret ballot makes it difficult to identify the defiant MPs, she believes action should be taken against them.
Zulu has slammed ANC MPs who voted for Zuma’s ousting.
“For comrades who do like that, they remind me of the olden days when we used to be hiding and struggling somewhere and among us, our own would tell the Boers where we are and the Boers would come and bomb us.
“What’s the difference between what’s happening now and what was happening then?”
Zulu says no ANC MPs raised their differences at Tuesday’s caucus meeting ahead of the motion of no confidence.
“You don’t do this against your own family, against your own organisation and hope to survive within the same organisation because that’s selling out, basically.”
Zulu says the MPs who broke ranks should be disciplined by the party while conceding that the fact they voted in secret will make this difficult to do.
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Opposition parties had wanted a secret ballot to protect ANC members from any retribution if they vote against the president.
In an eventful Tuesday in Parliament, Mbete did not participate in the motion.
Freedom Front Plus Chief Whip Corne Mulder challenged Mbete as to why she was not voting.
It was explained that Section 53 of the Constitution sets down that whoever presides over a meeting of the National Assembly does not cast a deliberative vote except where a two-thirds majority is required.
However, Mbete would have been required to make a casting vote if the outcome is equally split between those for and against.
“These lawyers here in front of me, who are my assistants, are very determined that that’s how we’ve always interpreted this section and that is that. Unless there is a need to do a casting vote when there is an equal number [of votes] in the house, then I will have to exercise that casting vote. And that’s how we’ve always interpreted it.”
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)