Secret ballot could spell trouble for Zuma’s rule
JOHANNESBURG | South Africa’s parliament will vote by secret ballot Tuesday on a motion of no confidence on President Jacob Zuma, the legislative body’s speaker announced. Monday’s surprise announcement on the vote, which could end Mr. Zuma’s presidency, was made by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete. Scores of antiZuma protesters marched through Cape Town to the parliament building Monday. Larger demonstrations, both for and against the long-serving president, are planned for Tuesday at the parliament building before the vote.
Opposition parties have lobbied for months for an anonymous noconfidence vote to provide cover to disgruntled members of Mr. Zuma’s African National Congress who may fear coming out against their leader in an open ballot.