Chief Whip of the Freedom Front Plus, Corne Mulder, said members of the African National Congress (ANC) would not be able to vote with their conscience, if Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete did not allow for a secret ballot in the Motion of No Confidence against the President.
The top structures of the ANC expect their members to toe the line, when the Motion of No Confidence is tabled. Opposition fears are that they will no be afforded the freedom to make their own choices, especially with an open vote on the motion.
President Jacob Zuma, speaking in the National Assembly recently, said it would not be fair to order a secret ballot, as this had not been the adopted method in past motions of this nature. Zuma obviously survived all of those motions.
“A decision not to allow a secret ballot would be irrational and will have to be reviewed in light of the Constitutional Court’s ruling on the matter,” said Mulder.