Opposition Parties Protest Against Zuma

Opposition Parties Protest Against Zuma

Opposition Parties Protest Against Zuma

Her argument caused an opposition party, the United Democratic Movement (UDM), to turn to the courts.

Zuma fired Pravin Gordhan, the widely respected finance minister, in a Cabinet reshuffle in late March.

ANC members of Parliament are being intimidated [to prevent them voting against Zuma].

While legal experts, including Cathi Albertyn, a law professor at the University of Witwatersrand, have said the court is unlikely to order the legislature hold a secret ballot because it won't want to be seen to be infringing on its powers, UDM lawyer Dali Mpofu argued the court was simply being asked to interpret the law.

"What would explain this court's position that you have a discretion but we are telling you now that it must be by secret ballot".

The ANC holds a large majority in parliament and Zuma has survived similar votes in the past, which have not been secret.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng then asked him if ordering Mbete to hold a secret ballot would not amount to overreach.

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Mpofu said the speaker of National Assembly had the duty to schedule or arrange for a date and a vote. "This case is not about separation of powers‚ nor encroachment of the court in anything".

The Constitutional Court past year found Zuma guilty of violating the constitution after he refused to repay taxpayers' money used to refurbish his private rural house. But this was not the case with section 102, they said.

EFF leader Julius Malema told marchers, "when we ask for a secret ballot, we ask for the protection of democracy".

An ANC MP said there were a significant number of MPs who were prepared to vote with the opposition to get rid of the president, as they could no longer defend his administration.

"What MPs are being asked is to decide the most contentious question: Is this man fit to remain in office?" By which you can hold the executive more accountable. "In those circumstances‚ there is a comparable scenario".

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said he felt vindicated after Mbete and Zuma's counsels, Marumo Moerane and Ishmael Semenya, conceded that Mbete had an obligation to set the secret ballot motion.

"There will never be a democratic without a secret ballot".

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Opposition parties approached the court to protect members of the ruling party.

The president and Mbete are asking for the application to be dismissed.

"It would be absurd to have a secret ballot when it comes to electing a president and not when voting to remove him".

Opposition parties have lobbied for a secret ballot and called for African National Congress (ANC) lawmakers to "vote with their conscience".

The debate was postponed to await the outcome of the court case brought by the UDM.

"The motion itself can be viewed as an obligation on the pres to do something".

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