Opposition parties have put the ANC "on trial", pitting the governing party with its defence of President Jacob Zuma against South Africans who have for years been calling on him to step down. On Monday, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete will announce her decision on whether Tuesday’s vote on the motion of no confidence brought by opposition parties against Zuma will be held by secret ballot. Leading opposition parties are on standby to challenge her decision at the Constitutional Court should Mbete declare an open vote. Dali Mpofu, chairman of the EFF, said on Sunday the party would go to court to test the rationality of such a decision. The DA would take the speaker’s reasons into account when taking a decision on how to proceed, said federal chairman James Selfe. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng had provided an outline for rationality in the Constitutional Court judgment on a secret ballot, he said.United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa, who brought the initial applic...

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