South Africa

South African opposition wants secret ballot on Zuma vote

South Africa's political opposition on Monday mounted its latest challenge to President Jacob Zuma, saying in court that a parliamentary vote of no confidence should be by secret ballot.

Opposition lawyers argued for the measure at the Constitutional Court in the belief that disgruntled lawmakers in the ruling party could turn against Zuma if their votes are not publicly disclosed and they have less fear of reprisals from his loyalists.

Baleka Mbete, the National Assembly speaker and a member of the ruling African National Congress, has said parliamentary rules don't allow a secret ballot. The scandal-plagued president has survived past votes of no confidence in the...

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