DA leader Mmusi Maimane has called on the cabinet ministers and deputy ministers with a request for a secret ballot on the motion of no confidence against Zuma.
If granted, his request will cause the African National Congress (ANC) to be 72 votes short in opposing a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. Mmusi Maimane called on them this Tuesday to “to recuse themselves from voting…on the grounds of a direct conflict of interest”.
Maimane made an observation that as the Constitution holds, “the entire cabinet – including all ministers and deputy ministers – must resign if the motion passes”.
“This means that their role as members of Parliament is in direct conflict with their personal interests of keeping their jobs as ministers and deputy ministers‚” the leader of the opposition explained further.
“If cabinet ministers and deputy ministers were to vote‚ it would be contrary to section 96(2)(b) of the Constitution‚ which states that ‘members of the cabinet and deputy ministers may not expose themselves to any situation involving the risk of a conflict of interest between their official responsibilities and their private interests.”
In order to avoid MPs voting with fear of internal persecution from rivals during the vote of no confidence, Maimane also made it known that he had written to the speaker of the National Assembly‚ Baleka Mbete‚ to request that voting on the motion, “be done via secret ballot‚ to ensure that MPs are not threatened with fear of internal persecution and are able to vote with their conscience”.
The fresh idea of a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma at the National Assembly is expected to take place on 1st March.
The motion was Democratic Alliance leader Maimane Mmusi’s brain child. Maimane alleged that South Africa has lost confidence in President Zuma, especially after his decision to fire former finance minister Mr. Nene.