Making headlines: Opposition parties praise secret ballot decision; ANC Youth League says secret vote or not, Zuma will still be President; And, Jonas warns of pinning hopes on political leaders
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Opposition parties praise secret ballot decision
Opposition political party leaders have lauded National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete 's decision on the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma as a victory for democracy and South Africa.
With the voices of the participants in the #UniteBehind march drifting over the Parliamentary precinct, leaders from the DA, EFF, IFP, UDM, Freedom Front Plus, Cope and ACDP addressed the media in front of the bust of Nelson Mandela, which is located in front of the entrance to the National Assembly.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said when his party asked for a secret ballot in April, he knew that Mbete had the ability and responsibility to make such a decision.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the motion was an opportunity to turn South Africa in the right direction.
EFF leader Julius Malema said he welcomed the decision by Mbete who is referred to as the "incoming acting president" of South Africa.
ANC Youth League says secret vote or not, Zuma will still be President
President Jacob Zuma will remain president of the country even after a secret ballot vote on a motion of no confidence, the ANC Youth League said yesterday.
This is according to the league’s secretary Njabulo Nzuza who was part of News24’s Frontline panel discussion yesterday evening, hours after National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete announced her decision to grant MPs permission to conduct the vote via secret ballot.
Nzuza said that it didn’t matter whether the vote was secret or not. they trusted their members of the Parliament.
He said the party could not allow itself to be “commandeered” by the opposition on how to correct itself.
And, Jonas warns of pinning hopes on political leaders
One of South Africa's biggest mistakes after liberation was to pin its hopes on political leaders and parties, former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas said at the #UniteBehind coalition’s march to Parliament yesterday.
He said State-owned institutions were “centres for money racketeering” and only a mass civil society movement could hold them to account.
Mcebisi, who was sacked with former finance minister Pravin Gordhan in a Cabinet reshuffle in March this year, said that they cannot rely on the fact that those in government will always do good, because they have demonstrated that it is impossible to always do good.
Mcebisi claimed last year he turned down R600 000 in cash and a further R600-million bank transfer which the wealthy Gupta family offered him in October 2015 to become the next finance minister.
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