'Opposition parties will band together'

DA's Lindiwe Mazibuko says opposition parties will unite on matters of national importance in 2013.

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said on Wednesday she hopes opposition parties will band together in future to deal with issues of national importance.

In an unprecedented move last month eight opposition parties tabled a motion of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma.

But they were unable to urgently debate the motion because the African National Congress (ANC) used its majority in the house to stop it from being scheduled.

Mazibuko said, "I think it is important for South Africans to see their members able to come together across party lines when it comes to issues of national importance. Whenever those opportunities present themselves in parliament next year we are definitely going to take them up."

Meanwhile, the Institute for Justice and Coalition's latest findings show young South Africans have lost faith in politicians, with 50 percent of them believing that government has turned a deaf ear to their issues.

According to the institute, South Africans who are eligible to vote for the first time in 2014, hold a major trump card when it comes to deciding the country's next leadership.

People in previously disadvantaged communities believe they have to protest in order to get the government to listen to them.

Most of the protests have been marred by violence, with protesters torching municipal property.

At the same time, the DA has vowed to win Gauteng in 2014.

Currently, the party is only governing in the Western Cape.