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Dissolve Parliament, say parties

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Whether Zuma left or stayed the country still faced a constitutional crisis

NO CONFIDENCE: DA leader Mmusi Maimane together with other opposition parties addressing the media in Parliament about the motion of no confidence against the president.They are also calling for a mass march to Parliament to remove Zuma. On his right is Cope leader Mosiuoa Patrick Lekota, and left is EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA

OPPOSITION parties have resolved to call for the dissolution of Parliament, leaders announced yesterday.

The resolution came after leaders of the DA, EFF, Cope, PAC, ACDP, FF Plus, and the UDM met earlier in the day. “The collective of leaders of opposition parties feel that it is urgent and therefore naturally Parliament must convene urgently,” said DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

He added that opposition parties would not be part of “discussions in the bush”, referring to a national executive committee meeting of the ruling ANC which is likely to decide President Jacob Zuma’s future. Maimane said Parliament had already been found to have failed to hold Zuma accountable in the Constitutional Court Nkandla judgment and should now do the right thing. “Therefore, it is the view that if you want to uphold the constitution of South Africa, it is the view of the collective here of leaders that we need to move ahead and apply Section 50 of the constitution proceed to the dissolution of Parliament,” he said.

EFF leader Julius Malema said they were still waiting for a reply from Speaker Baleka Mbete on a request that a motion of no confidence in Zuma be brought forward from the original date of February 22 to this week.

“If Baleka has not responded to the EFF letter of bringing forward the motion of no confidence by tomorrow (today), the EFF is going to launch an urgent application in court because we are in a crisis,” said Malema. Whether Zuma left or stayed the country still faced a constitutional crisis. “To think that when Zuma leaves our problems are going to disappear is disingenuous, its unrealistic.” – African News Agency (ANA)