African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Mondli Gungubele has urged MPs to partake peacefully on secret ballot vote in a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma.
This follows Constitutional Court verdict that set aside the views of Speaker Baleka Mbete saying she was mistaken to think she does not have the power to allow a secret ballot in a motion of no confidence against Zuma.
Last month The United Democratic Movement (UDM) submitted a letter to the Constitutional Court in a call for a review on a secret ballot vote, then later joined by the Democratic Alliance(DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF).
According to EWN Opposition parties described the ruling as a victory for ANC MPs who were threatened with disciplinary action should they vote in support of the motion.
Gungubele says a secret ballot vote forms conditions for the freest and honest expression for our views. “A secret ballot creates conditions for the freest and honest expression of your view.”
Gungubele says the decision made by the judge is very clear. “I’m extremely happy that the issue of conscience was articulated by the judge very clearly.”
He says he doesn’t understand the ANC’s reasoning that MPs must toe the party line.
“Why would any revolutionary movement force its members to choose because of the nation and the party?”
He has this message for ANC MPs who chose to be silent about the need for a secret ballot.
“Their silence would define what they stand for during this period because this period calls you to stand for something.”
He says it’s in the interest of democracy that conditions to express honest and free views are created.