Opposition politicians have been lobbying ANC members to vote in favour of the vote no confidence in President Jacob Zuma later today.
On Monday, the Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete surprised the nation by declaring that the vote would take the form of a secret ballot.
It’s an unprecedented move that could open the way for ANC MPs to vote contrary to the party line.
This will be the opposition’s eighth attempt to remove Zuma from office. But unlike other bids, this time, the votes will be secret.
Mthembu says his party won’t side with the opposition even though the vote is secret.
The ANC chief whip concedes that he shares the concerns of many South Africans about state capture, but that he says using Parliament to remove Zuma from office is not the solution.
“Issues that they are raising, are issues that we as the ANC are raising and are issues that I have raised myself.”
Last year, Mthembu suggested that the entire national executive committee step down in the wake of the party’s disappointing performance in the local government elections.