Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

South Africa's main opposition wants to dissolve parliament

South Africa's main opposition wants to dissolve parliament

The main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) have 89 seats whiles the militant opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) boasts 25 seats.

Melanie Rice reports from Cape Town in front of the parliament.

A recent survey of market and political analysts by financial holding company Nomura shows that most of those surveyed believe that the no confidence motion would fail regardless of whether it ends up being a secret vote or not.

SOUTH Africa's president Jacob Zuma survived a no-confidence vote yesterday and insisted his African National Congress party was united and would not be toppled.

While most opposition parties appear united in the cause to remove the president, there are about five opposition votes that are uncertain or even unlikely to support it.

"Once again we have proved that the ANC is organisation of the people", Zuma said.

But the party must act at some point before the general election.

"Any member who is threatened, either by his or her party or any other person, is now covered both in terms of voting method and in law", he said. "That would be akin to a coup".

"You are trying to get a majority you do not have, by saying secret ballot, I think it's unfair, because you are trying to increase a majority you don't have, " he said.

'We are here to remove Duduzane's father. There's a lot of anger in the country over corruption scandals and an economy that's been faltering. Duduzane came into the spotlight after joining companies owned by the Gupta family, which has been accused of having undue influence on Zuma and his government.

Toppling Zuma requires 50 of the 249 ANC MPs to support the no-confidence motion.

In addition to the motion, the DA will still be pursuing the charges which have been brought against Zuma. Experts say that the process only reveals the cracks within the ANC party and the increasing number of MPs who are against Zuma.

Some of Ramaphosa's supporters have recently warned that a successful no confidence vote would have put him in an awkward position, where Zuma would have still been the ANC President, but Ramaphosa had to run the country until December.

The motion for an early election will be tabled in Parliament tomorrow "and we will ensure it is debated and voted on as soon as practically possible", Maimane said.

It was the fourth no-confidence vote Zuma has survived, but the first to be conducted by secret ballot.

"We still expect the vote to fail, but attach a 30 percent chance of success", said Mantashe.

The party has also vowed to continue with its legal action against Zuma, and will be joining the EFF's impeachment proceedings at the Constitutional Court.

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