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ConCourt expected to rule on use of secret ballot to remove Zuma

May 15, 2017
ConCourt expected to rule on use of secret ballot to remove Zuma

Despite the winter chill, supporters of various opposition parties trickled into the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg, on Monday where they would march to the Constitutional Court, which is expected to provide a constitutional determination on the use of a secret ballot in Parliament.

The opposition parties have argued that only a secret ballot will ensure that everyone - including disgruntled MPs in African National Congress (ANC), will be able to support their bid to remove President Jacob Zuma.

However, Zuma and National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, are challenging the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) interpretation of the Constitution, saying it does not provide for a secret ballot in Parliament.

The African Christian Democratic Party is also arguing that if President Zuma was elected as president through a secret ballot, he can also be voted out of office the same way.

Calls for President Zuma to resign over alleged corruption and bad leadership have increased recently following his abrupt firing of former Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and his Deputy , former Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Mcebisi Jonas, leading to two credit rating downgrades.  

"Jacob Zuma’s tenure as President of South Africa has been a disaster, marked by unconstitutionality, corruption, and economic turmoil. For South Africa to move forward, by returning to constitutionalism and creating jobs, Jacob Zuma needs to be removed from office," said Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader, Mmusi Maimane, who will also be at the march.

"The choice the National Assembly has to make is a simple yet profound one: Zuma or South Africa; the two cannot co-exist."

The Constitutional Court is expected to sit at 10am.

The march will kickoff at 8am.