According to former ANC MP struggle veteran, Ben Turok, the media have been irresponsible to report that the ANC MPs could possibly vote with the opposition.
Speaking at Eusebias McKaiser Show on 702 yesterday, Turok said, “There is no such thing as ‘breaking ranks’ within the ANC, as this could cost an MP dearly.”
“I think these people are raising a real headache. We’ve been down this road quite a few times, and, in every case, the caucus of the ANC meets and discusses, and all members are bound by that decision.
“If you do not follow that decision, you will lose your job. It’s as simple as that. So why is there so much speculation about whether people will break ranks and so on? Really, I think the media are a bit irresponsible,” said Turok.
The debate on the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma was supposed to take place on April 18 after parliament convened a special seating but after the Constitutional Court ruling in favour of the UDM application to have a secret ballot, the DA has since written to the Speaker of National Assembly asking for a new date be set.
The EFF, UDM and DA successfully brought forward an application to have a motion of no confidence against President Zuma after the Cabinet reshuffle that saw then finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, fired.
This move sent the markets on a downward spiral, with the country being downgraded to junk status by two international ratings agencies.