Zuma, Mbete must pay for Concourt application


Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete has told Sicelo Mabika of the NFP off during President Jacob Zuma's questioning in Parliament.

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the president and speaker to pay the costs for the Constitutional Court application brought by the United Democratic Movement.


Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said that National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete did, in fact, the power to allow a secret ballot against President Jacob Zuma.

It ordered her to make a fresh ruling on whether there should be a secret vote on the president's fitness to hold office.

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In April, Mbete turned a UDM request for such a ballot after his controversial Cabinet reshuffle in March.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Thursday it had filed for another motion for a secret ballot against Zuma.

Former ANC MP Ben Turok said he welcomed the judgment.

"Hopefully this will create a slightly new atmosphere in the ANC caucus ... that is the body that decided whether they should vote or not vote. People underestimate the power of the caucus."

Political analyst Lukhona Mnguni said: "Baleka Mbete has been dealt a heavy blow because she has to answer to the court if she decides against [the secret ballot] ... if the Speaker decides against a secret ballot the matter will be taken on review ... within the new parameters set out in this judgment."