Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete has given the go-ahead for a secret ballot on tomorrow's motion of no confidence debate against President Jacob Zuma. Making the announcement‚ Mbete said she had taken "due and impartial consideration of all the factors" in making her decision. She said she was mindful of the fact that a motion of no confidence was a "powerful tool towards holding the president to account" and that MPs are obliged to to act in accordance with the Constitution above party allegiances. Mbete said while it was important that parliament was seen to be conducting its business in an open and transparent way‚ the people of South Africa "look to Parliament for symbols of hope". She said by allowing for a secret ballot‚ they would "use the opportunity to show responsiveness to our people". Mbete said she believed her decision was "in the best interests of our country" and would put "the resilience of the democratic institution to the test". Mbete said she had giv...

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