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[WATCH] MPs debate motion to dissolve Parly & to hold early elections

The DA tabled the motion after a failed attempt to remove President Jacob Zuma from office through a motion of no confidence in August.

Members of Parliament are on debating whether to dissolve Parliament and hold early elections on 5 September 2017. Picture: Youtube.

CAPE TOWN - Parliamentarians are debating the Democratic Alliances (DA)'s motion to dissolve Parliament and to hold early elections.

The official opposition tabled the motion after a failed attempt to remove President Jacob Zuma through a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly last month.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen has told the house that South Africa cannot afford another two years of Zuma's administration or the Gupta family’s toxic influence over Zuma.

“We can’t afford another two years of this government. We cannot tolerate another two years of the of the Gupta family’s toxic influence over President Jacob Zuma. South Africa deserves a fresh start.”

But African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament Richard Mdakane hit back, dismissing the motion as frivolous, claiming the DA was “grandstanding” along with its “political cousins” and that it would fail like other motions against President Zuma.

Mdakane insisted ANC MPs were meeting their constitutional duty to represent the majority who voted for them.

“If we are going to vote by secret ballot, you are going to be surprised ... that 40% of yourselves are going to vote with other people, because people don’t agree with you, completely don’t agree with you. Because it’s a bizarre motion. No one reasonable can take a motion that the DA is tired of working and all of us we must join them. All these, disciplined deployees of the ANC are executing their task with perfection."

The motion’s set to fail, as smaller opposition parties, including the Economic Freedom Fighters, the Inkatha Freedom Party and the United Democratic Movement have made it clear they won’t be backing it.

DA ACCUSED OF GRANDSTANDING

The DA has been accused by the ANC of grandstanding in the National Assembly as MPs debate a motion to dissolve parliament.

EFF MP Floyd Shivambu cautioned the DA not to undermine smaller opposition parties.

“Who gave you the mandate to dissolve parliament? So the DA is cautioned officially that 'don’t engage in self-destructive activities and programmes'.”

The UDM'S Nqabayomzi Kwankwa said: “The United Democratic Movement, I deputise, will not support this motion.
We must, however, consider that this motion and the debate currently underway is not isolated from the proceedings currently underway in the ConCourt. It has its genesis in the failure of this House to uphold, respect and defend the South African Constitution.”

But the DA'S Sej Motau Urged parliamentarians to support the motion.

“Early elections are the answer, time is of the essence. Most of us in this House agree that a week is a very long time in politics. Two years will be a lifetime.”

WATCH: Parliament debates motion for early elections

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