Statement by Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the Speaker’s decision to grant the request for a secret ballot when the National Assembly tomorrow votes on the motion of no-confidence in Mr Zuma. When the UDM made this request in April, we knew very well that she not only has the right, but also the responsibility to act; and act responsibly.

We hope that all 400 members of the National Assembly will put South Africa first and vote in favour of the motion. We must also stress that tomorrow’s vote is not about a regime change but about saving South Africa from an irredeemably compromised President.

Any Member who is threatened, either by his/her party or any other person, is now protected both in terms of the voting method and in law.

It is time for public representatives to be true to their oaths of office, and South Africa, irrespective from which political party they come.