The DA has stated that they are confident this no-confidence vote will be a case of “8th time’s the charm”.
Parliamentary member, Phumzile van Damme, says opposition parties have been working hard to ensure the vote goes their way.
“We’ve been waiting for this day. We’ve done our ground work. We’ve spoken to the ANC MPs that expressed a desire to vote President Zuma out of office. We’ve tabled a petition signed by one million South Africans in Parliament expressing the views of ordinary South Africans who want Zuma to be removed from office”, says van Damme.
The Congress of the People (Cope) leader, Mosiuoa Lekota, believes Tuesday’s secret ballot on a vote of no confidence in Zuma is ground breaking for the country’s democracy.
National assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has received high praise from opposition parties for allowing the secret ballot.
It is believed that the secrecy of the ballot will allow ANC MP’s who fear retribution by higher leadership, to vote with utter liberty to follow their conscience according to the opposition parties.
Lekota says the decision will have wider ranging consequences than only revealing where allegiances lie in the governing party.
“People have misconstrued this drive for the secret ballot as if it’s only for the African National Congress. This is completely wrong. There are sister parties in the opposition ranks which are divided down the middle and they too are going to benefit from this decision of the Speaker”, says Lekota.