More than 60 ANC members in parliament (MPs) will back a no-confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma if the ballot is secret, EFF leader Julius Malema said. Toppling Zuma requires 50 of the 249 ANC MPs to support the no-confidence motion and some have said publicly they want him removed, including former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, whose sacking in March triggered damaging debt ratings downgrades. The national assembly has 400 members. Malema said in an interview late on Thursday that he had received personal commitments that ANC MPs would dump Zuma. The former head of the ANC’s Youth League could plausibly still have plenty of contacts in the organisation. "I personally spoke to more than 60 MPs of the ANC who have committed that if we give them a secret ballot, they will deliver," Malema told Reuters in his office. "They’ve asked that this thing must be secret. They are not happy themselves," said Malema. Zuma faces the no-confidence motion on August 8, the ninth time the...

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