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DA wants secret ballot for no confidence in Zuma vote

DA wants secret ballot for no confidence in Zuma vote

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has reportedly called-on cabinet ministers and deputy ministers to rescue themselves from voting in the party’s no confidence motion in President Jacob Zuma next week.

In a statement, Maimane said he had also submitted an application to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, for the vote to be a secret ballot so as to ensure the safety of MP’s and “have them vote with their conscience”.

“It is clear that there is a glaring conflict of interest between their official responsibilities and their private interests – in other words whether they keep their jobs or not. Each of the 72 ministers and deputy ministers must be excluded from the vote for this reason,” Maimane said.

“Those with a direct conflict of interest in the matter before Parliament ought to put the interests of the 8.3-million unemployed South Africans before their own and do the honourable thing by recusing themselves from voting”.

He stated that Zuma’s shock firing of Nhlanhla Nene as Finance Minister last year, admitting to the Constitutional Court he failed to take the correct redial action regarding Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report, and not announcing his resignation while delivering his State of the Nation Address (SONA) two weeks ago, proves he is no longer fit to be in office.