Mbete grants secret ballot

Mbete grants secret ballot

Members of Parliament will vote in secret during a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma tomorrow. 

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In an unexpected move, Parliament Speaker Baleka Mbete has ruled in favour of a secret ballot.

Mbete briefed the media on her decision this afternoon. 

Mbete said: "There is no Constitutional obligation for a parliamentary member to swear an oath of obligation to their political party."

A total of 201 votes are required for the motion to succeed. 

Some members of the ANC have indicated they will vote against the president. 

But ANC MPs have been warned against voting with the opposition. 

Last week, ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu said removing Zuma would be damaging for the country.

Take our Twitter poll and let us know if you think allowing a secret ballot will make any difference to the result of the vote. 

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