Bonds firm on secret ballot decision

Bonds firm on secret ballot decision

Bonds firm on secret ballot decision

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa's parliament will vote by secret ballot Tuesday on a motion of no confidence on President Jacob Zuma, the legislative body's speaker announced.

Nine out of a total of 13 parties had requested a secret ballot, which will allow members of Zuma's deeply divided African National Congress (ANC) to vote against him without fear of reprisals.

The march under the banner #unitebehind was organized to coincide with Speaker Baleka Mbete's announcement of her decision on whether the vote would be held as a secret ballot.

The ruling has been subject to a long legal battle, and the vote on Tuesday evening could still be delayed by further court appeals.

The stalwarts wrote an open letter urging MPs to remember the pledge they made as Members of Parliament - to never conduct themselves in a manner that will diminish their integrity and that of the Republic of South Africa.

The prospect of a secret ballot raises the chances of the departure of Zuma, which traders see as a net positive for the rand.

A motion of no confidence requires a simple majority to pass, in this case 201 votes out of the 400-member parliament.

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"Zuma is likely to remain even if a few MPs vote against him".

The ANC welcomes the opportunity to once again use the occasion of the debate on the motion of no confidence to speak to these successes which are daily lived reality for many of our people.

However, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema expressed confidence that ANC MPs would vote with their conscience but hinted that opposition parties were themselves split.

As the ANC in Parliament we have always maintained that we will support whatever decision the Speaker takes on this matter.

Tomorrow's vote of no confidence was not a "silver bullet that will rescue our ailing country but it is the critical step that South Africa needs to start taking back our democracy". We will not vote with the opposition to collapse our democratically elected government.

BLSA wrote to its member organisations encouraging them to find a mutually acceptable way to give allowance to employees who wish to participate in the protest activities with no loss of income or benefits, and without the need to apply for leave.

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