Parliament welcomes court’s decision regarding ATM’s secret ballot application

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Parliament has welcomed the Western Cape High Court’s decision to strike the urgent application by the ATM from the court roll.

The party wants voting on its motion of no-confidence in President Cyril Ramaphosa to be decided by way of a secret ballot.

Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has, however, turned the request down.

The court found that the ATM had failed to establish that the case was urgent and struck it off the roll. Parliament’s spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo Parliament’s position on the matter.

“The Speaker’s argument, which the court agreed to was that the ATMs argument for urgency was of its own making. The party was aware of her decision since the 16 of February and had sufficient time to approach the decision from when the decision was communicated. Instead, it elected to ask the Speaker to review her own decision. Essentially repeating the request it made earlier and only approached the court more than three weeks after the decision was communicated to it.”