Mbete unlikely to allow secret ballot vote against Zuma, says SACP's Cronin

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete will unlikely approve the calls for a secret ballot in the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, says South African Communist Party's (SACP) Jeremy Cronin.

The first deputy general secretary also doubts that the motion will go ahead as planned on 8 August.

Cronin says he suspects Mbete will opt for an open ballot, which may result in further court action by opposition parties.

Read: EFF will go back to court if Mbete makes irrational decision on secret ballot

I suspect that the Speaker will get a lot of pressure from certain quarters of the ANC to go through the motions of exercising her mind, but will then go for an open ballot.

Jeremy Cronin, SACP Deputy General Secretary

He says there are possibly enough ANC members of Parliament (MPs) who would vote against Zuma in a secret ballot scenario.

If there was secret ballot, there would be enough ANC members of Parliament who would be prepared to vote with the opposition potion.

Jeremy Cronin, SACP Deputy General Secretary

Cronin says the SACP maintains calls for Zuma to step down, but members will have to approach the motion in a principled manner.

I won't vote alone.

Jeremy Cronin, SACP Deputy General Secretary

He says the SACP wants to be among the defenders of Constitutional democracy and says Zuma is destructing the ANC's efforts to unite.

Also read: Zuma using his platform in divisive, un-ANC way, says stalwart Cheryl Carolus

He says the ANC needs to ask Zuma to step down and not place the responsibility solely on Parliament.

Cronin also confirmed that he wont be standing again for the position of First General Secretary and says there is unhappiness within the SACP about him stepping down.

He also spoke about the SACP's 14th National Congress coming up.

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