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[Concourt Rules] Baleka Mbete To Decide Whether A Secret or Open Ballot

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

“The power to decide whether the vote is conducted rest upon the Speaker of Parliament,” said Mogoeng.




The Constitutional Court has ruled that only the Speaker of Parliament has power to decide whether the vote of no confidence against President Zuma be conducted in secret ballot or not.

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 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.

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