The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) announced on Tuesday that they would throw their weight behind the Constitutional Court application by the United Democratic Movement for voting by secret ballot in the upcoming debate on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.
The EFF said the decision was prompted by the president filing papers to oppose the court application. Zuma did so last week.
“When he [Zuma] launched opposing papers of a motion that will be about him he declared war against the very freedom we believe the secret ballot seeks to protect. How lowly must a leader in a democratic society be that like Zuma, he wants to hold on to power at all costs,” EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.
“Zuma, who represents a different organ of the state, the executive, should have allowed parliament to resolve its internal processes with the guidance of the courts about how to handle a motion of no confidence in him as a president.”