12 February 2018

South Africa: Opposition Parties Want Parliament Dissolved

Opposition parties on Monday agreed that Parliament should be dissolved following a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

After the opposition parties represented in Parliament met on Monday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said they have resolved that they want the motion of no confidence in Zuma, currently scheduled for February 22, to be heard this week.

After that, a motion must be brought to dissolve the National Assembly, which if successful, will necessitate the calling of early elections.

He mentioned that the Constitutional Court ruled that Parliament failed to fulfil its duty on two occasions.

Maimane also said the opposition parties don't want to be party to the ANC's factional battles.

"That is why we need this fresh start," he said.

EFF leader Julius Malema said his party will launch an urgent court application if Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete doesn't answer on the rescheduling of the motion of no confidence by tomorrow 10:00.

"We will also dissolve ourselves," he said.

"Once we dissolved Zuma, we must also be dissolved."

He also mentioned the two Constitutional Court rulings against Parliament.

"Even though we as opposition parties taken as stand... we've been defeated. We're part of a Parliament that has taken wrong decisions.

"The problem is not Zuma, the problem is not [ANC president and SA deputy president] Cyril [Ramaphosa], the problem is the ANC. The ANC must be voted out."

Malema also said a situation where a group of elites decides who becomes president must be avoided.

ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe said: "The country is in crisis."

He said ANC MP's protected Zuma.

"It is important that Parliament be dissolved.

"The same group of people who have been defending corruption - will still be there," said Meshoe.

Last year, after Zuma narrowly survived a motion of no confidence in him. Maimane also brought a motion to dissolve Parliament, but this was not supported by other opposition parties.

Source: News24

South Africa

Henri van Breda to Hear Judgment Today

The Western Cape High Court is on Monday expected to deliver judgment in the case of triple murder accused Henri van… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 News24Wire. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.