African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize has described Democratic Alliance’s motion to dissolve Parliament as baseless and unreasonable.
Mkhize’s assertion is in reaction to a motion to dissolve Parliament, submitted by the leader of the Democratic Alliance Mmusi Maimane to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete on Thursday.
He said the DA should try other meaningful tactics rather than employing meaningless and ill-founded courses in an attempt to lodge the ruling party.
Mkhize, who was speaking on the sidelines of a public lecture at the Tshwane University of Technology on Thursday evening, expressed confidence that the motion will fail, just like the no-confidence vote.
The ANC top-six member also reiterated the need to discipline those who voted against President Jacob Zuma in the motion of no confidence.
He admitted to not having a concrete information on the ANC MPs who voted with the opposition but said: “the ANC constitution demands disciplinary action against the sell-outs.”
On Thursday, Maimane submitted a motion calling for the National Assembly to be dissolved, as provided for in Section 50(1) of the Constitution.
He said the DA believes Zuma’s presidency is no longer supported by the majority of South Africans and thus, with the president surviving the motion of no confidence on Tuesday (with the help of the ANC), South Africans need to be given the opportunity to make their voices heard at the polls.
However, the motion was vehemently opposed by the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
In a statement, the fighters said if the DA wants Parliament to be dissolved, the party should force their members to resign and also resign itself from Parliament in line with section 46(1) of the Constitution.
EFF Statement on the DA's Proposed Dissolution of Parliament pic.twitter.com/T2d3lPJ1sw
— IG: @MbuyiseniNdlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) August 10, 2017
But the DA brushed off the opposition’s criticism, saying it’s a necessary step for South Africans.
The party insisted that the National Assembly no longer represents the will of the people and it has failed to hold Zuma accountable for his actions.
8 August 2017 was a historic day as the ANC survived a motion of no confidence in its leadership by a significantly narrower than expected margin.
The motion, tabled by the DA, was chiefly triggered by President Jacob Zuma’s decision to replace former Finance Minister Pravin and his deputy in his latest cabinet reshuffle in March.