DA rejects ANC’s secret ballot vote because of conflict

Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba. Picture: Gallo Images

The Democratic Alliance in the City of Johannesburg has rejected ANC’s secret ballot vote because of conflict of the council’s standing rules.

The ANC made a request on Tuesday, amid the upcoming Council seating which will vote on a no confidence motion against the city’s Mayor Herman Mashaba.

The DA’s refusal to grant the ANC a secret ballot is seen a hypocrisy from the party as its national leadership had an earlier champion for the secret ballot in the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma.

The party’s leader Mmusi Maimane at the time said he did not support an open ballot because of what he labeled an “intimidation” against members who spoke against President Zuma then.

In his statement, mayoral committee member for development planning Funzela Ngobeni said the city did not make provision for a secret ballot and that the rules of the council did not allow for council speaker to authorize a secret ballot.

“This stands in stark contrast to the rules of the National Assembly, cited in the recent Constitutional Court judgment, UDM vs Speaker of the National Assembly and others, which do make provision for the Speaker to make such a determination,” said Ngobeni.

Meanwhile, for the ANC to win the motion of no confidence against Mashaba they must at least have 15 more votes to reach a threshold of 136 for it to get a majority.

For the ANC to win the No confidence motion it will need to lobby the likes of IFP, AIC and most importantly persuade the EFF, as their marriage between the DA and EFF is not on sour grapes.

The relationship between the DA, United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) is not as rosy as it used to be.

The ANC’s spokesperson Jolidee Matongo said ANC wanted a secret ballot as there are “a lot” of DA councilors who will vote to have Mashaba removed.

“They indicated that a mayor is an arrogant person who doesn’t listen to any other views… he runs the city as if it’s his business and not according to the DA’s manifesto,” Matongo said.

-TNA Reporter