“It is declared that the Speaker of the National Assembly has the constitutional power to prescribe that voting in a no confidence motion in the president be conducted by secret ballot.”
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has delivered blows to the opposition as he puts more power on the Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete to decide on whether the vote of no confidence against Zuma should be secret or open ballot.
“It is declared that the Speaker of the National Assembly has the constitutional power to prescribe that voting in a no confidence motion in the president be conducted by secret ballot‚” said Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng
The UDM approached the court and asked that it forces National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to conduct the vote of no confidence on President Jacob Zuma as a secret ballot.
Mogoeng warned that secret ballot will undermine those who voted members of parliament under their parties.
“Members of the parliament must not operate under secrecy as that will undermine their political parties,” said Chief Justice Mogoeng.
Chief Justice Mogoeng warned that a secret ballot may promote bribery of members of parliament to vote in favor of those who may have bought them.
“The speaker has been directed to make all the necessary arrangements to ensure a motion of no confidence is decided by secret ballot including designating a new date for the motion to be debated,” Mogoeng
“It’s her judgment call to make”
“The power to decide whether the vote is conducted rest upon the Speaker of Parliament,” said Mogoeng.
Opposition parties asked Mbete to schedule the vote of no confidence in Zuma after his controversial Cabinet reshuffle at the end of March. The opposition was not happy that Zuma had reshuffled the then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.