Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, said the secret ballot should encourage lawmakers to “vote truthfully, and without fear that maybe the party, in this case the ANC, might punish them if they vote in support of the motion of no confidence.”
“What all of us hope is that they will vote honestly, because you know the opinion in the country about what’s been happening and the politics of South Africa. I think those MPs must recall that they are the representatives of the people, and must therefore represent the people in terms of what they do this afternoon,” said Mbeki.
Last year, the Constitutional Court ordered Zuma to repay millions of dollars in public funds spent on refurbishing his private homestead. The polygamist and father of more than 20 children also faces more than 783 allegations of corruption relating to a 1990s arms deal.
Zuma, 75, denies the corruption allegations against him. And despite street protests, opposition maneuvering, and defections from his own party, he refuses to step down.