Two senior ANC MPs, Pravin Gordhan and Makhosi Khoza, on Tuesday called on President Jacob Zuma to step aside, as civil society agreed on a massive campaign to appeal to Parliamentarians to vote with their conscience in the upcoming motion of no confidence against Zuma next month. Both Gordhan and Khoza have previously indicated they will vote with their conscience but the ANC laid down the law at its policy conference earlier this month, with head of organising Fikile Mbalula saying MPs had to vote according to the party line or face the consequences. Despite his controversial removal from the finance ministry and his long-running battle with Zuma and the Gupta family, Gordhan had not directly called on him to step aside as president — until Tuesday. All eyes are now on National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete, who is deciding whether the vote will be held in secret or not. She may take the decision only on the eve of the scheduled motion — set down for August 8 — and if she decides ...

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