Baleka Mbete to announce her decision on secret ballot

PHOTOGRAPH: ESA ALEXANDER/THE TIMES

Speaker Baleka Mbete will decide tomorrow whether she will allow a secret ballot in the vote on Tuesday’s motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Mbete says she was still agonising over what to do but denied that she was employing delaying tactics to avoid a possible court challenge by opposition parties.

“You don’t wish to be me, it’s a difficult place to be. It’s what Sotho people call kgomo ya moshate [damned if you do, damned if you don’t],”

Opposition parties have made it clear that they are ready to go to court if Mbete refuses to allow a secret ballot, despite the Constitutional Court saying she has the power to do.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said Mbete often buckled under pressure when confronted with tough situations and always chose to side with the ANC. He said he did not expect her to allow a secret vote.

“I’ve never thought that Baleka is interested in protecting the constitution. I’ve always known that Baleka’s primary interest lies in the ANC,” said Maimane.

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