Maimane: Snap elections not about regime change

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has brushed off criticism that the DA’s latest attempt to remove Zuma from office, is ill-timed and ill-advised.

FILE: Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says that a call for snap elections is not about trying to effect regime change, but to give South Africans a voice through the ballot box.

Maimane tabled a motion to dissolve Parliament last week, following a failed attempt to remove President Jacob Zuma through a motion of no confidence.

He told the Cape Town Press Club on Thursday afternoon that the country can’t afford to wait for the African National Congress (ANC)’s elective conference in December.

Maimane has brushed off criticism that the DA’s latest attempt to remove Zuma from office, is ill-timed and ill-advised.

He says the ANC’s policies have brought the country to its knees.

Maimane says that the ANC’s belief that it enjoys the support of the majority, must be tested.

"It's a new course and it will be difficult. It will be anxious but it is the best thing for our people. That they can exercise democratic elections and to elect a government that will take them forward."

He’s also accused Parliament of failing the country by not holding the executive to account.

Maimane says South Africans deserve a new beginning that can only be achieved through early elections.