The Democratic Alliance (DA) has urged parliament members of the African National Congress to remain faithful to their oath of office.
Speaking from outside the Constitutional Court on Monday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane expressed that his soapboxing was in no way directed at the proceedings of the court, but rather aimed at persuading the 400 ANC MPs to vote with their conscience.
“They did not swear to be faithful to Jacob Zuma, or to the ANC, or to the Guptas”, said Maimane. “They promised to be faithful to South Africa, and to the Constitution.”
Maimane’s speech came while the ConCourt sits to hear the cases of various political parties, including the UDM, EFF and IFP, as to why the vote of no-confidence should be cast in secret.
The secrecy of the vote has been contested by both the ANC and the speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete.
Yet, Maimane states that MPs should not fix their vote on whether or not it is cast in secret.
“We are gathered here to urge ANC Members of Parliament to do the right thing, even if it is hard”, he added.
The ConCourt continues to hear arguments advocating for the secrecy of the vote.