Concourt reserves judgement regarding secret vote of no confidence in Zuma

Although the Constitutional Court heard the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM’s) attempt to allow the members of parliament to vote in the upcoming motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, it has reserved its judgement.
On 15 May, the court reserved its judgment after hearing arguments from the UDM, other political parties’ legal representation and the respondent, the speaker of parliament, Baleka Mbete.
Parliament has delayed the date of the motion of no confidence pending the outcome of the court’s judgement.
Advocate Dali Mpofu, representing the UDM who was the applicant, said that the case is an important matter for South Africa’s democracy and all its citizens.

“A secret ballot is required, permitted or prohibited. That is all that this matter is about,” Mpofu told the court.

Later in his final argument, Mpofu asked Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to imagine being a member of parliament and openly voting no confidence in the president.
“Good luck to them,” Mogoeng said.

Mpofu said a secret vote affords protection to members of parliament. He also argued that the debate before the vote would be fruitless if the party leaders have already decided the outcome.

“In fact, the whole thing of having 400 of MPs would be a joke. We should then just have 12 MPs weighted votes for the 12 political parties.”
Various political party supporters gathered at Mary Fitzgerald Square on the morning of the Concourt appearance and made their way to the court in opposition to Zuma and in support of a secret vote.
Various journalist, citizens and political parties responded on Twitter:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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