With another motion of no confidence looming large over President Jacob Zuma has hit back at opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) calling for a secret ballot.
Zuma told the National Assembly on Thursday that he is not convinced by arguments in favour of parliamentarians voting in secret.
He was speaking just hours after the Constitutional Court confirmed that Speaker Baleka Mbete had the power to decide on the appropriate voting method.
Zuma says he does not see the need for a secret vote in Parliament.
“My view is that we should do what we have done all the time in the past times because I see no convincing reason why we should change.”
Zuma has survived seven motions of no confidence in his leadership.
“You’re trying to get a majority you don’t have by saying secret ballot. I think it’s not fair.”
Opposition parties are hoping that if Members of Parliament vote secretly, African National Congress members would turn against Zuma.
The Democratic Alliance has asked the Speaker to schedule the motion as soon as possible.