LIMPOPO ANC deputy secretary Makoma Makhurupetje has warned MPs against voting with opposition parties to unseat President Jacob Zuma.
The COGHTA MEC says the ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) has already resolved to support President Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle at its meeting held on April 5th.
This came after EFF leader Julius Malema said his party was working with individual ANC MPs to vote out Zuma when parliament convenes for the no confidence motion debate next month.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has approached the Constitutional Court for an order forcing Parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete to allow a secret ballot, a move opposed by both the National Assembly and the ANC.
ANC national executive committee (NEC) member Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is considered a front runner to succeed President Zuma as ANC leader at the party’s elective conference in December, has rejected calls for a secret ballot as an insult to ANC MPs.
She said it suggested they don’t have the integrity and courage to vote with their conscience, and defend their decisions in public.
Makhurupetje said the Limpopo ANC has resolved to implement the resolution of the party’s extended National Working Committee (NWC) which supported President Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle.
The decision resulted in the sacking of five ministers including former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas.
“The PEC of Limpopo met on the 3rd of April. One of the things we discussed was the cabinet reshuffle, and we resolved we support the President for the decision he has taken,” Makhurupetje said.
“And we are not going to allow any MPs, coming from Limpopo, to take part in a secret ballot and vote differently. Already the PEC has convened all MPs on the 5th of April.”
She said Limpopo ANC chairperson and Premier Stan Mathabatha and Provincial Secretary Nocks Seabi have given an undertaking to provincial leaders that they would implement the extended NWC’s resolutions fully.
“The more we are united as the ANC, the more we are stronger.”
Limpopo’s decision follows similar moves by the ANC in North West and Mpumalanga.
Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza and his North-West counterpart Supra Mahumapelo have warned MPs from their provinces to toe the party line.
However, the Western Cape ANC has called for a special NEC to debate the impact of President Zuma’s reshuffle.
Makhurupetje has reiterated that President Zuma did nothing wrong when he reshuffled his cabinet because he had the powers to do so in terms of Chapter five, Section three of the country’s constitution.
She said his decision was the “right thing to do” because he was empowered to “appoint, dismiss and reshuffle his own executive”.
Opposition parties and lobby groups such as SAVE SA have taken to the streets calling for Zuma to resign after he fired Gordhan.
They accused him of using radical socioeconomic transformation as a pretext to sabotage the economy and take control of Treasury for business reasons.
However, Makhurupetje said President Zuma’s detractors are just trying to undermine the ANC’s right to govern the country.
“Those people are angry because they want to undermine the African National Congress. They continue to undermine the leadership of the African National Congress led by Comrade Jacob Zuma,” she said.
“And indeed, President Zuma, when he reshuffled his cabinet, has not done anything wrong.”