Since the midnight cabinet reshuffle thats saw Pravin Gordhan and his deputy lose their jobs, President Jacob Zuma has been under some intense pressure.

There is renewed attempts to unseat him on different fronts, with some ANC MPs ready to use the secret ballot, if granted, to again show their disapproval of his leadership.

ANC senior MP Mathole Motshekga revealed on Saturday that Zuma would be forced to resign as president at the party’s national elective conference in December if he refused to quit on his own volition.

Several MPs said that the discussions among ANC caucus members have markedly changed from just voting for the party line into a motion of no confidence in Zuma.

The Constitutional Court threw the ball firmly in National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete’s court, ruling she had powers to institute a secret ballot.

Just after the Concourt ruling, Zuma wasted no time expressing his disapproval of the secret ballot, a move which piled pressure on Mbete on what decision to take.

Some ANC MPs said should a secret ballot be allowed, they would vote against Zuma.

On Saturday, one senior party MP said while there was a standing decision taken by the ANC national executive committee to support Zuma, “I suspect a few people might vote differently, maybe more”.


The secret ballot has become a proxy in the battle not only to oust Zuma but weaken his preferred candidate Dlamini Zuma to succeed him.

Motshekga said they would force Zuma to resign as head of state at the ANC elective conference in December.

“We had said we will appeal for the president to step down.

“If he doesn’t, the conference is coming and in that conference we will have no choice but to oust him,” he said.

Motshekga was addressing the National Union of Mineworkers’ youth structure at Olympia Park Stadium in Rustenburg.

He added that the time had come to root out corruption.

“The December conference is for us to say the looting must stop.”

Asked whether Zuma was leading the party in the right direction, Motshekga said: “All that we are saying is that if we have leadership that (undermines) people, we can no longer have that leadership.”