Se­cret or not, Zuma will sur­vive

MPs won’t break ranks: ANC


PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma will sur­vive a mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence, open or se­cret bal­lot, and go on to ad­dress the Women’s Day cel­e­bra­tions the next day.

This is ac­cord­ing to Zizi Kodwa, ANC na­tional spokesper­son, who said the party’s MPs were ex­pected not to break ranks on Au­gust 8 dur­ing a mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence in Zuma, which might end up in a se­cret bal­lot should Na­tional Assem­bly speaker Baleka Mbete de­cide so.

Af­ter Zuma es­caped calls within the ANC to step down, the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee threw its weight be­hind him and warned its pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives not to vote with the op­po­si­tion when the mo­tion was tabled.

There are now calls for the MPs to use their con­science and to also fol­low the con­sti­tu­tion when they vote in less than 10 days.

Mbete is ex­pected to de­cide on the method of bal­lot to use.

“Pres­i­dent Zuma, whether there is se­cret bal­lot or not on Au­gust 8, will ad­dress the Women’s Day cel­e­bra­tions the fol­low­ing day as the pres­i­dent of the coun­try and as the pres­i­dent of the ANC,” Kodwa said yes­ter­day.

There is a be­lief in some quar­ters that some ANC MPs are un­happy with Zuma, and would vote him out if granted the se­cret bal­lot.

Op­po­si­tion party mem­bers claim to know of some ANC MPs who wished for the bal­lot to be con­ducted by se­cret vote.

ANC MP Makhosi Khoza, who faces ill-dis­ci­pline charges, has openly called on Zuma to step down.

She even wrote to Mbete ask­ing her to de­cide on a se­cret bal­lot . She re­ceived death threats af­ter she an­nounced she would vote with her con­science.

For the mo­tion to pass, 51 ANC MPs would have to vote with the op­po­si­tion to make the 201-vote sim­ple ma­jor­ity.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Pro­tas Mad­lala said there was a slim chance that Mbete would de­cide on a se­cret bal­lot.

“The court did not in­struct her, but it said she must use her dis­cre­tion,” Mad­lala said.

He also said it was un­likely that ANC MPs, es­pe­cially those in the ex­ec­u­tive, would vote them­selves out of their jobs.

“If there is a hand­ful of them, the ques­tion is whether there will be ma­jor­ity, but I doubt it.”

Kodwa would not be drawn to com­ment on what would hap­pen to ANC MPs who broke ranks.

“We can’t spec­u­late on what will hap­pen,” he said be­fore dis­miss­ing sug­ges­tions that the ac­tion against Khoza was a mes­sage to other MPs to toe the line.

Kodwa said it was disin­gen­u­ous for peo­ple and op­po­si­tion par­ties play­ing dou­ble stan­dards to ex­pect ANC MPs to vote against their own when other par­ties did not do the same. He said the EFF was tak­ing ac­tion against its coun­cil­lors who did not vote ac­cord­ing to the party po­si­tion in a Mo­gale City coun­cil meet­ing.

The DA would ex­pect its MPLs in the West­ern Cape leg­is­la­ture to not back the mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence in Premier He­len Zille, Kodwa said.

Mad­lala said it was a com­mon phe­nom­e­non for or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing op­po­si­tion par­ties, to ex­pect their mem­bers not to vote against a party de­ci­sion.


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