Baleka Mbete speaks out on secret ballot for the first time: “damned if you do‚ damned if you don’t”

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete will decide today whether to allow a secret ballot in the vote on Tuesday’s much-anticipated motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma‚ the Sunday Times reported.

Breaking her silence on the issue for the first time in weeks‚ Mbete told the Sunday Times yesterday that she was still agonising over what to do but denied that she was employing delaying tactics to avoid a possible court challenge by opposition parties.

“You don’t wish to be me‚ it’s a difficult place to be. It’s what Sotho people call kgomo ya moshate [damned if you do‚ damned if you don’t]‚” Mbete said of the immense pressure she is under.

The newspaper added that opposition parties say they are ready to go to court if Mbete refuses to allow a secret ballot‚ which the Constitutional Court has said she has the power to do.

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