Speaker Baleka Mbete announces  that Tuesday’s  vote on the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will be held by secret ballot.. Picture:  RUVAN BOSHOFF
Speaker Baleka Mbete announces that Tuesday’s vote on the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will be held by secret ballot.. Picture: RUVAN BOSHOFF

Tension and uncertainty gripped the ANC caucus on Monday as opposition parties mounted an intense lobbying campaign to try to get governing party MPs to vote in support of a motion to unseat President Jacob Zuma.

The debate is due to take place on Tuesday afternoon.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete’s surprise decision to allow MPs a secret ballot emboldened the opposition, who believe the move would allow some ANC MPs to support the DA-sponsored motion to end Zuma’s reign as president.

The rand gained more than 15c to the dollar on Monday almost immediately after Mbete’s announcement‚ trading at R13.1985 from R13.4183.

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