Cape Argus

ATM seeks delay in no-confidence debate


THE African Transforma­tion Movement (ATM) yesterday asked for the debate on its motion of no confidence in President Cyril Ramaphosa to stand over after its court applicatio­n for a secret ballot was postponed.

“The Speaker of the National Assembly has just received a letter from the African Transforma­tion Movement asking for the postponeme­nt of the motion of no confidence in the president scheduled for considerat­ion by the House this afternoon,” parliament­ary spokespers­on Moloto Mothapo said.

The Western Cape High Court will hear the applicatio­n on February 3 to 4 next year, in line with an agreement reached in chambers yesterday.

The ATM sought an urgent interdict to compel Speaker Thandi Modise to allow MPs to vote via secret ballot, with party leader Vuyolwethu Zungula saying in his court papers that lawmakers should be allowed to exercise their “personal conscience” rather than follow party orders.

It would have been the first motion of no confidence Ramaphosa faced.

Though the ATM has only two seats in Parliament, the vote would have coincided with another political crisis within the ANC as the party grapples with the refusal so far of secretary-general Ace Magashule to relinquish the position as he faces corruption charges.

Modise had filed papers opposing that applicatio­n to force her to call an open ballot. |

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