South Africa’s parliament will vote today by a secret ballot on a no-confidence motion brought against President Jacob Zuma.
The speaker of the parliament, Baleka Mbete, announced the move to hold a secret ballot this afternoon, ending weeks of speculation for the eighth motion of no confidence against Zuma.
President Zuma, 75, and several of his Cabinet members have been accused of involvement in promoting “state capture exercises” that led to political upheaval, and due to which South Africa was downgraded to junk status by the ratings agency S&P Global in April.
State capture is a type of systemic political corruption in which a government mould state’s decisions in favour of private interests.
It refers to the way formal procedures, such as laws and social norms and government bureaucracy are moulded and manipulated by private individuals and firms so as to influence state policies and laws in their favour.