South African opposition calls for early elections
Leaders of the South African opposition political parties are pushing for the dissolution of the country’s parliament and demanding fresh elections as pressure mounts on President Jacob Zuma to resign.
The parties especially the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) filed a motion of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma which is scheduled to be debated on February 22. But the EFF is asking for the debate to be held this week.
The leader of the ruling African National Congress in South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that a final meeting on the future of the country’s President Jacob Zuma will take place on Monday.
The special meeting on Monday is considered to be the final attempt to push Mr. Zuma out of office after several attempts in past weeks failed.
President Zuma’s tenure since 2009 has been characterized by corruption allegations with several failed impeachment attempts.
EFF leader Julius Malema on Monday said the National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has until Tuesday morning to respond to the party’s request that its no-confidence motion be brought forward from 22 February, or they will go to court.
“The motion of no confidence must take place this week. Baleka has not responded to the EFF letter about bringing forward the motion of no confidence. If Baleka has not responded by tomorrow at 10 am, the EFF is going to launch an urgent application in court because we’re in crisis.”
Malema said the current problem facing the nation is not about Zuma nor his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa stressing that the people of South Africa must be given a chance to vote for their next leader.