By Pinky Khoabane
EFF leader Julius Malema and DA’s Mmusi Maimane
The Economic Freedom Front (EFF) has joined the list of political parties that have rejected the Democratic Alliance’s latest attempt at regime change.
On Wednesday, the DA announced it would call for Parliament to be dissolved following it’s failed coup attempt on Tuesday 8 August 2017. The party had called for a vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma which the Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete decided would be taken in secret. DA, opposition parties and 26 ANC MPS who voted in favour of the motion failed to pass the motion of no confidence.
Leaders of Cope and UDM, Mosiuoa Lekota and Bantu Holomisa were quick off the mark rejecting the DA’s latest decision to dissolve Parliament. DA leader Mmusi Maimane said dissolving Parliament would be the “most appropriate way to ensure a legitimate government is in place.”
“Absolutely not,” retorted Lekota in a tweet.
“A big no” Holomisa responded.
EFF’s said the DA could dissolve Parliament on it’s own by simply resigning.
By last night, the EFF had formulated a written statement to the DA’s coup attempt.
EFF STATEMENT ON DA’S PROPOSED MOTION TO DISSOLVE PARLIAMENT
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi
The EFF will not entertain the motion of the DA to dissolve parliament because it is disingenuous. If the Democratic Alliance truly wants Parliament to be dissolved, all they need to do is to resign all their members, as well as their Party from Parliament in line with Section 46 (1) of the Constitution which states that the “National Assembly consists of no fewer than 350 and no more than 400 members”. Once the DA, which has 89 members resigns, Parliament would not meet the constitutional requirement as per Section 46 and thus would dissolve.
The EFF already approached the DA to implement this earlier in the year and the DA outrightly rejected it. The EFF did this following the outcome of the Constitutional Court Judgement on Nkandla which found that Parliament failed to execute its duties in holding Zuma accountable. This judgement implied that the 5th Democratic Parliament is illegitimate. On these basis the EFF approached the DA that Parliament must be dissolved through Section 46 and the DA refused.
We therefore call on the DA, if they are genuine and mean business, to stop wasting parliaments time and simply withdraw from the body as it will meet their required objective.
ISSUED BY THE ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS
MBUYISENI QUINTIN NDLOZI (National Spokesperson)
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