Baleka Mbete Says She Will Do The Right Thing On Zuma Vote, But What Does This Really Mean??

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma arrives with Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete to give his State of the Nation address at the opening session of Parliament in Cape Town, February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

The woman who will decide whether to allow a secret ballot that could oust South African President Jacob Zuma was quoted on Thursday as saying she would “do the right thing”.

What that means was unclear from Speaker Baleka Mbete’s comments to The New Age newspaper, but she called on the people of South Africa to trust its lawmakers.

The Constitutional Court in June ruled that secret ballots may be held for motions of no confidence in parliament, but did not order one, leaving the decision to Mbete.

Zuma’s critics want a no-confidence vote in Zuma to be anonymous hoping it will embolden lawmakers from the ANC to support his ouster by shielding them from pressure.

ANC MPs, Makhosi Khoza and Mondli Gungubele are the only ones to say publicly they will vote against Zuma in the motion of no confidence on August 8, but analysts say they are not alone in their opposition to the president in the ANC’s Parliamentary caucus.


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