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DA leader Mmusi Maimane wants an early general election if the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma succeeds. The likelihood of the success of the motion, scheduled for August 8, is slim as the ANC has put its MPs on notice, warning of dire consequences should they vote with the opposition to remove the president. However, much rests on the pending decision by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete on whether to hold the vote in secret or by open ballot. EFF leader Julius Malema told Reuters last week he was convinced the motion would succeed, saying that about 60 ANC MPs would vote against  the president if votes were cast secretly. Maimane told Business Day on Monday that the only way to stop internal ANC politics spilling into Parliament if the motion succeeded would be to go to the polls early. The DA announced on Tuesday it was joining the EFF’s application to have Zuma impeached. The motion has been set down for September. According to Constitutional Law expert...

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