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Zuma expresses his views on ConCourt ‘Secret Ballot’ ruling

President Jacob Zuma address Parliament
President Jacob Zuma address Parliament

President Jacob Zuma says Thursday’s Constitutional Court ruling on the secret ballot matter reaffirms the separation of powers doctrine. 

The President said this when he appeared before Parliamentarians in the National Assembly for a question and answer session on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Speaker of the National Assembly was, as the presiding officer of the National Assembly, empowered to rule on whether or not to allow a secret ballot in the motion tabled a few months ago for a vote of no confidence against the President by opposition.

“The Constitutional Court today has affirmed the separation of powers and outlined what is to be done in matters of this nature,” he said.

Meanwhile, the President said urgent steps are being taken to establish the Commission of Inquiry to investigate allegations of State capture. He said the e-mails that are being reported on in the media will form part of the inquiry.

“As part of the measures to deal with the matter, we have taken a decision to establish a judicial commission of inquiry and the e-mails will be part of that.

“Then we will be able to speak about the e-mails, with a serious scientific investigation, which will tell us exactly what happened and tell us to what extent they are disrupting the lives of all South Africans… We are moving as fast as possible to establish the commission (sic),” he said.