- The Western Cape High Court has postponed the African Transformation Movement's case
- The party is seeking to force a secret ballot in its motion of no confidence against President Cyril Ramaphosa
- This has seen the motion, scheduled for Thursday, postponed until a later date
The African Transformation Movement's High Court bid seeking to force National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise into allowing a secret ballot has been postponed.
The party had brought forward a motion of no confidence against President Cyril Ramaphosa, but the lockdown had delayed the request.
The ATM party is adamant that the ballot should conceal the identity of those who vote, approaching the courts to force Modise's hand.
In a statement released by the party on Thursday, leader Vuyolwethu Zungula had advised Modise to postpone the motion, explaining that
"The basis of asking for the postponement is that ATM has launched proceedings before the Western Cape High Court wherein ATM seeks the court to review and set aside the decision by the Speaker to decline a vote by secret ballot. The court proceedings will be heard on the 3rd and 4th of February."
The party wishes to postpone the motion until the finalization of the court proceedings.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za had reported that the motion needs a simple majority in order to be successful.
In order to achieve this, experts feel that a secret ballot could encourage would-be allies of President Ramaphosa to vote against him.
The ANC has often made headlines with factional battles between top players within the ruling party.
Clearly, the ATM party is seeking to take full advantage of these factions within the ANC in its bid to unseat Ramaphosa.
The party had cited Ramaphosa's failure to disclose to Parliament that he had financially benefited from his CR17 campaign as the main reason for bringing forward the motion.
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