Mbete approves secret ballot
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has decided to allow a secret ballot vote in the no confidence motion in President Jacob Zuma.
Mbete says her decision is in the best interest of South Africa.
Mbete briefed media on the voting procedure to be followed when the motion is debated tomorrow.
The Speaker maintains that she will not recuse herself from the proceedings during the debate in Parliament on Tuesday.
#VoteofNoConfidence Mbete: She will not recuse herself. The call is legally misplaced. She's elected by the house to serve as speaker. LD— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 7, 2017
She says that she has taken the decision in the interest of transparency.
#VoteofNoConfidence Mbete says another opportunity will be arranged to answer questions from the press. LD— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 7, 2017
#VoteofNoConfidence Mbete: The value of openess and transparency is always the natural way of doing business. LD— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 7, 2017
Opposition parties have criticised Mbete for delaying her decision up to the last moment.
Take a listen to Mbete contextualise the announcement at her press briefing: