Concourt dismisses Agang's secret vote application


The Constitutional Court will hear an application challenging the validity of municipal levies and rates imposed by the Berg Rivier municipality in the Western Cape. File picture: Werner Beukes/

JOHANNESURG - The Constitutional Court on Monday dismissed an application by Agang SA for a secret ballot on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, the party said.

"The Constitutional Court gave reasons that our application is not in the interests of the public or justice," Agang MP Andries Tlouamma said.

In December the party filed the application, in which it asked the court to declare National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete unfit for her office after she did not allow a motion of no confidence in Zuma to be voted on secretly.

This was after Agang tabled the motion in the National Assembly on November 4. It was initially scheduled for debate on Tuesday, but was reportedly postponed pending the outcome of the court application.

Agang had alleged that Mbete was not impartial and argued it was important that members of Parliament be able to vote without fear of persecution.

Tlouamma said Agang had now filed papers with the Western Cape High Court.

"We feel the judgment from Constitutional Court was unfair and we think this is what we must fight for because our institutions are under siege."

He said the party would ask the court to interdict Mbete from proceeding with Agang&39;s motion of no confidence on March 3, until the court ruled on the Speaker&39;s fitness to preside over the motion and whether the motion should be voted upon by secret ballot.

The party expected the court to hear arguments on Friday.

In a statement on Monday, Parliament welcomed the Constitutional Court&39;s decision not to pursue Agang&39;s application.