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National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will have to take a fresh decision on whether or not there should be a secret ballot when a motion of no confidence in president Cyril Ramaphosa is debated in parliament.

That's the ruling of the Supreme Court of Appeal. In a judgment handed down on Thursday, the court upheld the appeal ATM, against a decision of the Western Cape High Court.

The party tabled its motion of no confidence in February 2020, claiming state owned enterprises had collapsed under Ramaphosa's watch and alleging a range of other failures on his part.

Thandi Modise refused the ATM's request for voting on the motion to be by secret ballot and the party went to court in an unsuccessful bid to have her decision set aside.

It then approached the Supreme Court of Appeal.

In a judgment penned by the judge Trevor Gorven, the national assembly speaker is directed to revisit the decision not to allow a secret ballot when the motion of no confidence in Ramaphosa is debated.


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National Assembly Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Supreme Court of Appeal Thandi Modise Trevor Gorven


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