With only 24 hours before the long-anticipated no confidence vote against president Jacob Zuma is set to take place, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has urged ANC MPs to everyday South Africans in mind whether the vote is secret or not.
Following the announcement that National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete will arrive at a decision surrounding the secrecy of the vote later today, Holomisa took the opportunity to remind the ruling party’s members that should the vote not be made secret, the outcome must be in the best interest of the public.
“The leadership of the opposition, in taking a final decision, must also look at the energy of the country, the frustration felt by the civil society, churches and everybody else”, says Holomisa.
The implementation of the vote came as a backlash to the infamous cabinet reshuffle of March 2017 which initiated the downward spiral of the presidency. Opposition parties and civic society requested the vote be held to mitigate the deep sense of frustration and anger by the country towards the ruling administration.
The call for no-confidence in president Zuma has been exacerbated due to recent emerging information as part of the #GuptaLeaks surrounding State Capture.
This has also led to seemingly small, yet prominent fractures in the ANC’s leadership structure.
The UDM, along with the DA, EFF and other opposition parties, will look to take advantage of these fractures before the next national elections and the no-confidence vote could well be the much-needed match to ignite the fire of change.
Experts say the vote will provide a watershed moment for the 24-year-old democracy and could usher in uncertainty just as much as it could confidence.