Parliament to debate DA motion for early elections next week


DA leader Mmusi Maimane and other party leaders announced they will table a motion in the National Assembly for Parliament to be dissolved.

PARLIAMENT - The DA’s motion calling for early elections is set to be debated in Parliament on Tuesday, September 5.

The party called for early polls following the August 8 failed motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. 

The DA said even though that motion was defeated, the fact that a number of ANC MPs voted with the opposition, showed people want to remove "a captured president."



"The reality is that South Africa cannot afford another two years of ANC governance," the DA said in a statement on Thursday. 

"With over half of South Africans living in abject poverty, 9.3 million of our people without work and our economy showing no signs of being able to recover from the recession, we need a new beginning."

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It said the Constitution has a provision for early elections. 

"The ANC can no longer be trusted to govern and it is clear that South Africans have had enough," the DA said.

The party is calling on all MPs to support the motion for early elections, though most parties have rejected this.