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ATM demand secret ballot in Ramaphosa motion

ATM demand secret ballot in Ramaphosa motion

The African Transformation Movement (ATM) will head to court over the refusal by National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise to allow MPs to vote for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s removal by way of a secret ballot.

Members of Parliament will debate and vote on a motion of confidence against President Ramaphosa on Thursday.

The motion was brought by the ATM, which has two MPs in the National Assembly.

The motion will be voted on through an open ballot, with Modise saying the Constitutional Court had indicated that a secret ballot was necessary only when the atmosphere was toxic and highly charged.

ATM president Vuyo Zungula says this has left them with no choice but to head to court.

“As it stands now we’re going to court to make a judgment to decide on whether it should be postponed or the speaker need to make alterations in order, what we feel should be happening, which is a secret ballot.”

The motion, which is expected to be debated on Thursday, is the first one against President Ramaphosa.

 


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