Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has responded to the DA’s announcement that it would table a motion to have parliament dissolved and call for an early election following the no-confidence motion in President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday.
“Section 50 of our Constitution states that the president must dissolve the National Assembly if the Assembly has adopted a resolution to dissolve with a supporting vote of a majority of its members, and three years have passed since the Assembly was elected,” the party said.
The motion will be tabled in parliament today, and will be debated and voted on “as soon as practically possible”, said the DA.
Maimane also called on ANC MPs, especially the ones who voted against the president on Tuesday, to vote in support of the motion to dissolve parliament.
The EFF leader has, however, called the DA’s statement “bluff” as he claims it does not need a motion to dissolve parliament.
Malema said he had approached Mmusi Maimane and suggested they combine EFF and DA MPs to resign from parliament and have it dissolved.
“I went to the leader of the DA, and said to the DA leader: ‘If we combine the EFF numbers and the DA numbers and we resign from parliament, that thing is no longer properly constituted as parliament. But that strategy will still come if we’re still weighing our options, if we’re still fighting from within.
“And maybe at the end of everything else, we may come to a conclusion that parliament must resign, and once parliament doesn’t reach its quorum as prescribed in the constitution, then we can approach the Constitutional Court to go and instruct speaker Baleka Mbete to dissolve parliament,’” he said at the time.
According to Section 46(1) of the constitution, parliament should have no fewer than 350 and no more than 400 members. There are currently 398 living members of parliament, including 89 from the DA and 25 from the EFF.
The CIC says the DA has than enough MPs to sacrifice and declare parliament unconstitutional, with the party only needing to quit 49 of its members to achieve that.
Tabling a motion only shows that the DA is bluffing, according to Malema, who said it could dissolve parliament without tabling a motion.
If his party had enough MPs, it would do it alone, he said.
“You don’t need a motion DA, you can do it alone. If EFF had more than 51 members, we were gonna do it alone. Stop bluffing,” he said.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said Maimane’s plan was “a big no”, while Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota said his party “absolutely” did not support the call.