DA’s Partners in last Attempted Coup Jump Ship

By Pinky Khoabane

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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.

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“A big no” Holomisa responded.

EFF’s said the DA could dissolve Parliament on it’s own by simply resigning.

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By last night, the EFF had formulated a written statement to the DA’s coup attempt.

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.


MBUYISENI QUINTIN NDLOZI (National Spokesperson)
Website: http://www.effonline.org
Email: communications@effonline.org
Facebook: Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi || Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica and @MbuyiseniNdlozi

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  1. A “legitimate government” on whose terms? Don’t they have skin on their face? This is exactly how they played Morsi in Egypt, Gaddafi in Libya; and want to do with Erdogan in Turkey, and now with Qatar. The same with Brasil, Venezuela, and others. I’m afraid it never ends.

  2. Maimane had promised the presidents head on a platter to his handlers so he is doing his utmost to carry out that promise

  3. All the opposition and ruling party members in parliament are there for personal purpose not to serve the people as they say. If real DA meant business of serving people of SA why didn’t them accept the EFF’s call to disolve Parliament. DA have no direction better EFF or ANC.

  4. the DA wants to use the backdoor to unseat the ANC from power. The ruling party was voted by the masses, it will be the masses that will decide in 2019. We know what the anc has done for us in the past 20 years. DA will smell power in hell. Even if the country votes today the ANC will emerge victorious, people are not stupid out there they can read between the lines. We still need ukhongolose there’s so much that still needs to be done. We have not seen the promised land yet. DA will never have the blacks interests at heart, they are a white liberal party that is protecting the interests of white minority. Please go to Cape town you will see what I’m talking about.

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