As the day for the vote of no confidence in Zuma draws nearer, South Africans, and in deed, Political Parties and members of the Parliament are already itching to hear Speaker Baleka Mbete’s decision on the voting system.
Reports from the office of the Speaker of the National Assembly has it that Baleka Mbete will make her decision on whether the vote on the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will be held by way of secret or open ballot.
Mbete’s office stated this on Sunday after various political parties made their submissions stating their views regarding the appropriate voting procedure to be followed after the Constitutional Court ruled that the Speaker had the power to decide whether or not it could be held by secret ballot.
Mbete had given all parties until July 14 to submit their views on whether or not voting should be held in secret on the motion of no confidence and according to reports, nine opposition parties in the National Assembly out of thirteen have indicated their support for a secret ballot on the vote on a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma.
The thirteen political parties, according to Mbete’s spokesman‚ Moloto Mothapo include:
- African National Congress (ANC)‚
- Democratic Alliance (DA)‚
- Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)‚
- Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)‚
- National Freedom Party (NPP)
- United Democratic Movement (UDM)
- Freedom Front Plus (FFP)
- African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)
- Congress of the People (COPE)
“Both the African National Congress and the Democratic Alliance have indicated they will abide by the Speaker’s decision‚ while the rest of the 9 prefer a secret ballot‚” Mothapo said.
“The Speaker has expressed her appreciation to the parties for their submissions which‚ considered together with a host of other factors‚ will assist her towards making her decision on the appropriate voting procedure.
“The Speaker will make her decision before the scheduled debate on the Motion of No Confidence in the President on 8 August‚” he added.
While the Freedom Fighters argue for a secret ballot, the DA and the governing ANC instead said they would abide by the Speaker’s decision.
Meanwhile, ANC stalwart Matthews Phosa, like many other stalwarts, have implored the ANC MPs to vote with their conscience on the no-confidence motion against Zuma come August 8.
Failure to do so would be a betrayal of the Constitution and all that it represented Phosa said while delivering the key note address at the OR Tambo lecture at the Kuyga Community Hall in Port Elizabeth.
“To those‚ one single remark: It is not what you say‚ it is what you do‚ and have done‚ when all of this was happening‚ that will define your leadership when history looks back on your contribution. In the present‚ the electorate will hold you jointly responsible for the sickening waste of taxpayers’ money.
“I want to say as little as possible about my party’s representatives in Parliament. Future generations will look at your pronouncements and decisions and find them to border on the treasonous. I plead with you to vote with your conscience in the upcoming no confidence vote. Failure to do so will be a betrayal of the Constitution and all that it represents‚” Phosa said.
Phosa who is an anti-apartheid activist, a former premier of Mpumalanga as well as a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress added that same future generation would hail the Derek Hanekoms‚ Mcebisi Jonases and Makhosi Khozas of this world‚ as heroes as they had sacrificed their jobs and livelihoods because of their principled honesty.
“My proposal to the entire cabinet‚ the National Assembly and the ANC NEC would be‚ resign‚ and allow our voters to choose the leaders they want. The massive disconnect between the nauseating comfort of the public representatives and the increasing poverty of ordinary South Africans have become unbridgeable and inexcusable. The past five years have seen the gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ grow big, he said.
“We need to eject those who arrogantly turn their backs on defenceless South Africans and rebuild a South Africa that Oliver Tambo would be proud of. But the way things are‚ Tambo must be turning in his grave. Sad indeed. But all of us here can turn things around for the better. All we need is courage‚” Phosa concluded saying.