The DA-led City of Johannesburg has rejected a request for a secret ballot vote on Tuesday. The request comes for the upcoming motion of no confidence in Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba.
The request was rejected because it “is in conflict with the council’s standing rules” according to a statement released by mayoral committee member for development Funzela Ngobeni.
Ngobeni says the rules do not afford the speaker the power to call for a secret ballot
“This stands in stark contrast to the rules of the National Assembly, cited in the recent Constitutional Court judgment, UDM v Speaker of the National Assembly and others, which do make provision for the Speaker to make such a determination.”
He suggested that the ANC amend the motion in order to bring it in line with the rules.
“We do not fear these motions, we welcome them as an opportunity to reaffirm the wishes of the residents of our city who demanded change during last year’s elections.”
In an interview with News24 the ANC Johannesburg spokesperson, Jolidee Matongo, called for the coalition to release transcripts of the city’s programming committee in order to “expose the DA’s lies.“
“There is nothing in the council rules that said voting in secret ballot is not allowed. It was done in Parliament and it can be done here.”
Matongo’s reasoning behind the secret ballot is there is “a lot” of DA councillors who will vote to have Mashaba removed.