CAPE TOWN, September 5 — The opposition’s attempt to dissolve Parliament is indicative of their lack of respect towards democracy and the electorate of South Africa, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said on Tuesday.
The ANC made the statement as Parliament began debating a motion submitted by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to dissolve Parliament and hold early general elections.
“The National Assembly will today waste 85 minutes which could have gone to dealing with substantive matters affecting the lives of the poor majority of South Africans discussing a frivolous motion by the Democratic Alliance to dissolve the National Assembly,” said Nonceba Mhlauli, spokesperson of the Office of the ANC Chief Whip.
He called the DA’s attempt a “careless stunt” which followed the failure to remove President Jacob Zuma through a no-confidence motion by secret ballot on August 8.
The DA’s motion to dissolve Parliament has little chance to succeed as it even lacks support from other opposition parties, he said.
“The DA is proving once more than it has no interest in being part of the solution in addressing the challenges we are faced with as a country but would rather abuse the Constitution in the desperate desire of having early elections with the hope that it will result in a coalition government,” said Mhlauli.
Dissolving Parliament amounts to destabilizing the country, he noted.
The DA, Mhlauli said, is a political party hell-bent on bringing regime change to South African shores, and will stop at nothing to accomplish this feat.
Also on Tuesday, the Constitutional Court was hearing an application from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to institute impeachment proceedings against Zuma.
EFF Secretary-General Godrich Gardee said he was confident that more ANC members could be convinced to side with opposition parties.