The ANC remains confident that its MPs will not vote in support of a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. This was despite National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete pronouncing that the long-awaited vote would be held via a secret ballot. "The ANC reiterates its stance that we have full confidence in the ANC caucus and individual MPs deployed by the ANC," said party spokesperson Zizi Kodwa in a statement. Prior to her announcement on Monday, Mbete — who herself has ambitions to become ANC president — told the Sunday Times about the difficulty she was experiencing in deciding whether to have the vote held in the open or in secret. Mbete had risked further court action by opposition parties if had she had decided to hold an open ballot. There were already two damaging Constitutional Court judgments pertaining to Mbete’s decision-making as speaker — one on Nkandla and the other on the secret ballot matter, where she had argued that it was not within her power to allow for one....

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