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ANC Top Six To Meet With ANC Caucus Ahead Of No Confidence Vote

Strict instructions to be given to MPs to toe the party line.

08/08/2017 06:02 SAST | Updated 08/08/2017 06:18 SAST
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The ANC's top six, including President Jacob Zuma, are expected to meet with the ANC's parliamentary caucus, as intense lobbying gets underway within the caucus ahead of Tuesday's secret ballot in the vote of no confidence against Zuma, Business Day reported on Tuesday.

TimesLive reported that the party has called a three line whip ahead of Tuesday's vote, with strict instructions to MPs to toe the party line.

ANC caucus spokeswoman Nonceba Mahlauli told TimesLive that the three line whip was in place, which also means that MPs are under strict instructions to attend the vote. Absenteeism would only be allowed in exceptional circumstances, she said.

Business Day reported that Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete's shock decision to allow a secret ballot was the result of legal advice she received that she would lose the inevitable court challenge that would follow, should she decline to allow it.

The 17 SACP MPs in Parliament reportedly met on Monday night to discuss Mbete's decision, but it remains unclear how they will vote.

The ANC has insisted that its MPs will vote against the motion. According to News24, the ANCYL also insisted that Zuma will remain president.

ANCYL secretary Njabulo Nzuza took part in News24's Frontline panel discussion on Monday night. He reportedly said:

"It really doesn't matter whether the vote is secret or not. We trust our members of the Parliament... The motion of confidence will come just like the others."

While the motion seems unlikely to succeed, MPs were being lobbied on Monday night and many considered voting with the opposition.

An ANC MP told Business Day:"I can tell you a lot of us received messages and calls from opposition parties who want us to support the motion... the general feeling is that some MPs will support the vote against Zuma, but this will not be enough to remove him."

Another MP told the publication: "I think Baleka's decision has created a lot of uncertainty."