The Constitutional Court is considering the application by The United Democratic Movement (UDM). The UDM turned to the courts in a bid to have a vote on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma to be held in secret.
UDM President Bantu Holomisa says his party has won the first round. Holomisa says the Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng will now give the UDM a date for the hearing, but this has not been confirmed.
He says the vote of no confidence on the 18th of April will likely be postponed. But this will only happen if the ConCourt hearing goes ahead and this is unconfirmed.
What we have done so far is to instruct our lawyers to write to the Speaker asking for a postponement pending the decision by the court.— Bantu Holomisa, President, UDM
Holomisa says if the Speaker of Parliament refuses to grant a postponement in the vote of no confidence, the party will then instruct its lawyers to apply for an urgent application to interdict the sitting on the date of the vote, which is 18 April 18 2017.
Holomisa adds that there are no grounds for the Speaker to oppose the UDM's application. Holomisa says the role of Members of Parliament is to be accountable to the people of South Africa.
We are expected not to endorse wrong things because we have taken an oath in Parliament.— Bantu Holomisa, President, UDM
You will find that if we were succeed in this application it would save even the members of the ANC, they will breath a sigh of relief that they can follow their consciences.— Bantu Holomisa, President, UDM
The UDM alongside the Demoractic Alliance (DA), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Congress of the People (COPE), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)‚ African Independent Congress (AIC)‚ Africa People’s Convention (APC) and Agang SA will be marching to the Union Buildings in Tshwane tomorrow in their bid to remove President Zuma from office.
Listen to Bantu Holomisa's full interview in the audio below:
This article first appeared on 702 : ConCourt considers UDM application for secret no confidence vote