EFF calls for secret ballot in motion of no confidence on Zuma

Malema asked Mbete to exercise the power placed upon her by section 102 of the Constitution which determined that the voting procedure takes place by a way of a secret ballot. (Delwyn Verasamy/M&G)

Malema asked Mbete to exercise the power placed upon her by section 102 of the Constitution which determined that the voting procedure takes place by a way of a secret ballot. (Delwyn Verasamy/M&G)

The upcoming motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma should be conducted through a secret ballot, EFF leader Julius Malema said on Saturday.

In a letter addressed to the Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete dated February 3 2018, Malema asked Mbete to exercise the power placed upon her by section 102 of the Constitution which determined that the voting procedure takes place by a way of a secret ballot “based on the grounds contained in the letter addressed to you by the chief whip of the EFF dated July 14 2017 which are still prevalent and relevant today”.

Malema said the Constitutional Court made it clear that one of the dangers from which MPs needed to be protected from was “undue influence, intimidation, or fear of disapproval by others”.

“Revelations of Gupta emails and surveillance of individuals, including an MP, myself included, have already added to the toxified atmosphere caused by those who have in the past seek to prevent the removal of Zuma, mainly for corrupt motives,” he wrote.

The motion of no confidence in Zuma is scheduled for February 22. – News24

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