- The African Transformation Movement has demanded that a secret ballot is used against President Cyril Ramaphosa
- The political party has threatened to head to court if the vote is not held this way
- Analysts are certain that this move may mean the end of Ramaphosa's reign
The African Transformation Movement has demanded a secret ballot on Thursday when a motion of no confidence in President Cyril Ramaphosa will be taking place.
The political party says that it is willing to go to court if the ballot does not conceal the identities of those who voted.
A lawyer acting on behalf of the party had given National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise until the end of business on Monday to comply with its request.
eNCA reports that the motion had been brought against Ramaphosa earlier this year but had been delayed due to lockdown.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the ATM has only two seats in Parliament, and according to South African Constitution, a motion of no confidence in the president needs to be supported by a simple majority or at least 201 members of parliament in order for it to succeed.
Therefore on paper, ANC Parliamentary majority Caucus (230 MPs) can easily help Ramaphosa to defeat the vote of no confidence but if the speaker allows secret ballot and ANC Parliamentary Caucus members decided to use the motion to fight their party internal battles, then Ramaphosa might probably lose.
According to political analyst, Action Setaka, the ATM sponsored notion presents a good opportunity for South Africans to see real political allies and adversities of Ramaphosa’s government administration.
‘’No so long ago ATM supported Ramaphosa when EFF wanted to oust the President for the same reason they (ATM) want him to be removed for. All of Sudden when Zuma, Magashule and others who have kind to them (ATM), they conveniently want Ramaphosa to be removed. I hope the electorate can see what is at play here. For me, this vote of no confidence against President Ramaphosa should not be divorced from South Africa's political manoeuvrings. ‘’ said Setaka.
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