The Constitutional Court has delivered its decision regarding the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) application for a secret ballot pertaining to the no-confidence vote, stating that it is indeed within the powers of the National Assembly Speaker to allow for such a vote to occur.
The ConCourt stated that the secrecy of the vote would aid in reinforcing accountability and subsequently help keep true to the constitutional duty of parliament to act in the best interest of the South African people.
“More importantly, the power that vests in the speaker to determine the voting procedure in a motion of no-confidence, belongs to the people and must, thus, not be exercised arbitrarily or whimsically”, expressed Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
The UDM and EFF brought forth the application last month fearing that a non-secret vote would jeopardise the effectiveness of the parliamentary motion and thus fail to oust president Jacob Zuma.
Although a victory for the two parties, the decision rests with National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.
Mbete will now have to announce a date for the vote to occur and communicate her decision on whether it will occur secretly or not.