ANC: DA plan to dissolve Parly a hallucination, dream

The ANC has responded to DA Leader Mmusi Maimane's latest attempt to have Parliament dissolved.

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JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has called the Democratic Alliance's (DA) plan to push for Parliament to be dissolved as a dream and hallucination.

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane says his party will on Thursday bring a motion to dissolve the House on the back of Tuesday's failed no confidence vote in the president.

President Jacob Zuma emerged victorious from that battle, but the result were closer than expected.

The ANC in Parliament says the DA's latest plan confirms that it is not just trying to unseat Zuma and is, in fact, attempting a regime change.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the ANC says the move by the DA exposes that the motion of no confidence in President Zuma is not about the President but an attempt at regime change through Parliament.

“This planned motion by the DA shows that the DA does not respect our democracy and the electorate of South Africa. They have no regard for the will of the people as expressed through the outcomes of the 2014 general elections where 62% of the electorate gave the ANC a mandate to govern this country until the next general elections. We will defeat this planned motion as we have defeated all other attempts by the opposition to overthrow our popularly elected government.”

VINDICATED

The party says it is vindicated because it voted in the best interest of the country during Tuesday’s motion.

“We thank ANC members of Parliament who in their huge majority defended the democratic gains of the African National Congress and voted against the motion to remove President Zuma and our government.”

The party also expresses disappointment that more than 25 ANC Members of Parliament voted with the opposition.

“We are deeply disappointed that some of our ANC members allowed themselves to be used by the opposition to fracture and weaken the ANC and destabilise our country.

“We’ve noted the reckless circulation of a list of ANC MPs who are purported to possibly have voted with the opposition yesterday. This list, which includes comrade Thabo Manyoni who has long left Parliament, and the ANC Chief Whip comrade Jackson Mthembu, is bogus and ought to be dismissed like all other lists which have emerged before this one. This list is a dangerous ploy to incite mistrust and initiate a witch hunt.”

The party says it will call members who were absent from Tuesday’s National Assembly sitting to account for their absenteeism.

STATE CAPTURE

The ruling party also touches on the controversial state capture saga, which through leaked emails show that Zuma is at the centre of it.

“We restate that we are alive to the various concerns raised around issues of state capture and that a thorough investigation must be conducted in order to unearth wrong doing and institute appropriate corrective measures where wrongs have been identified.

“We believe that Parliament can play a prominent role in this regard because all entities mentioned in the public discourse around state capture are accountable to Parliament.”

The party further reiterates its call for a judicial commission of inquiry to deal with state capture.

Earlier, Maimane accused the ruling party of having misguided priorities.

“The ANC has again shown which side it sits on. Opposition parties are coming together to fight the evil of corruption in the ANC. Those in the ANC who voted with us yesterday are coming to the realisation that day by day, their future is with us. Now it is time we stand together to save our country.”

SACP REACTS TO MOTION OUTCOME

At the same time, the South African Communist Party (SACP) agrees that the motion was aimed at overthrowing the government and the ruling party.

The ANC’s alliance partner is still calling for Zuma to resign but says Tuesday's vote was not just about the individual.

The SACP's Mhlekwa Nxumalo says: “If you listen very well to what Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the opposition was saying. He was very clear that this motion is not about Zuma, this motion was about the ANC and that is why we have said that we are not going to support such a motion.”

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)