EFF calls for secret ballot in motion of no confidence on Zuma

Chelsea West
February 5, 2018

President Jacob Zuma, right, and the country's Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, at an extended Cabinet meeting on January 31 to prepare for the president's state of the nation address. Zuma agreed to meet the top six before the end of the weekend... not at Luthuli House...

EFF president Julius Malema has requested that the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma on February 22 be held through a secret ballot.

He had supported his ex-wife and former African Union Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to replace him.

Mr Zuma has not said whether he will step down voluntarily before his second term as president ends next year. While Zuma's second and final term is only due to end next year, his immersion in a succession of scandals has eroded support for the ANC and many with the party's ranks want him to go before he delivers the annual state-of-the-nation address on February 8.

Zuma is not due to leave office until the 2019 elections.

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He has survived several no-confidence votes during his rule thanks to loyal voting by ANC lawmakers, who form a strong parliamentary majority.

These opposition maneuvers, whose desire is to put Zuma out of the presidential chair as soon as possible, occur amid charges of alleged corruption against the head of State that come back to public light after the National Prosecution annulled a ruling of the High Court of Justice which had rejected those charges.

Another opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), had lobbied speaker Mbete to postpone the state of the nation address until Zuma had been removed from office. The embattled Zuma told supporters at his 75th birthday bash in Soweto, Johannesburg past year that he would resign should the ANC ask him to do so.

The officials met Zuma at the Presidential Guesthouse on Sunday night. This comes as a motion of no confidence hangs over Zuma's head. There was no immediate comment from an ANC spokeswoman.

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