Unprecedented press conference convened by the National Assembly Speaker Ms Baleka Mbete addresses the media on the voting procedure to be followed, when the motion of no confidence on Zuma is debated in the National Assembly on 8 August. Good afternoon members of the media, we apologise for the lack of opportunity to raise question.

In line with the constitutional court that I am the one saddled with the responsibility to decide on the manner in which the vote of no confidence will go. I wish to emphasise that it is essential for all political actors to have confidence in the decision of the court.

The clamour that I should absent myself from the voting exercise on grounds that I have become complicit is wrong and unconstitutional. Although the constitution has not prescribe the pattern of voting against the president, either secret or open, but it can actually be carried out. After a thorough assessment of the situation at hand I therefore determine and announce that there shall be a Secret vote of no confidence in Zuma on 8 August 2017.

Secrecy should be eschewed as representatives of the people. Let the people see courageous and transparent their legislators are. The value of openness is always our natural manner of doing things.

This comes as South Africa eagerly waits to hear if the vote of no confidence in the President will be done through a secret or open vote.

The call for Zuma’s eighth motion of no confidence came after the President reshuffled his Cabinet on March 30 – a move that saw then finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas sacked.

The reshuffle was followed by the economy being downgraded to ‘junk status’.