The National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL) welcomes the decision by the Speaker of Parliament, the Honourable Baleka Mbete, which allows for members of parliament to vote in secret on the upcoming motion of no confidence against the President of the Republic, President Jacob Zuma.
The decision comes as a result of a Constitutional Court decision that stated that the Speaker of Parliament has the power to prescribe whether or not voting in a motion of no confidence in the president of the Republic of South Africa be conducted by secret ballot. The court stated that she (The Speaker of Parliament) must exercise this power having “due regard to what would be the best procedure to ensure that members exercise their oversight powers most effectively”.
We applaud the Speaker for honouring and respecting the decision of the Constitutional Court and applying her mind to the matter accordingly.
As members of Parliament prepare to cast their vote we call upon them to do so without fear or favour. We request that they have the best interest of the people of the Republic in mind and not their political parties and/or careers.
Irrespective of the outcome of today’s vote, the time for a paradigm shift in South African politics has long come. In the mist of all the challenges currently facing the republic (rising unemployment rates, violence against women and children, economical downgrade of South Africa, deep –seated corruption (both in private and public sector) and underperforming State owned Entities -to name just a few) it can never be business as usual in South Africa. The time has come to put the people first. Let us unite for the sake of the country, for the sake of our children and our children’s children and turn South Africa around. We make this call not only to the ruling party but all those who are in Authority in South Africa (this includes the minority parties).
ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEMOCRATIC LAWYERS (NADEL), SOUTH AFRICA
By: Memory Sosibo
Publicity Secretary, NADEL Executive Committee,
Contact: 081 710 7910
08 August 2017