DA-EFF squab­ble un­likely to hurt pact

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

THE RIFT be­tween the DA and EFF over the mo­tion to dis­solve Par­lia­ment was un­likely to lead to the two par­ties cut­ting ties and hand­ing over power back to the ANC in the coun­try’s cru­cial met­ros.

An an­a­lyst said yes­ter­day that the DA and EFF were bound not to agree on the mat­ter.

This comes as Par­lia­ment said no date had been set for the mo­tion to be tabled in the House.

Par­lia­ment’s spokesper­son Moloto Mothapo said the DA would have to wait its turn to be heard in the cham­ber.

Pro­fes­sor Dirk Kotze of Unisa said the DA and EFF do not have a coali­tion as such in Tsh­wane and the City of Joburg. “They don’t have the of­fi­cial coali­tion. They have com­mon un­der­stand­ing that they will vote to­gether on cer­tain is­sues.”

He said the EFF was of the view that the mo­tion of no con­fi­dence against Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma de­liv­ered 35 ANC MPs to the op­po­si­tion be­cause they wanted Zuma to go.

Kotze said the new mo­tion by the DA to dis­solve Par­lia­ment was try­ing to un­seat the ANC, and that was where they dis­agreed with the EFF.

“What the EFF is say­ing is that those ANC MPs won’t sup­port this mo­tion,” he said.

“That is why other op­po­si­tion par­ties don’t sup­port them, be­cause it is un­likely to suc­ceed.”

Kotze said he did not think the lat­est fight be­tween the DA and EFF would af­fect their coali­tions in the met­ros.

DA spokesper­son Phumzile van Damme urged the EFF to sup­port the mo­tion to force Zuma out of of­fice.

She said the EFF’s sug­ges­tion that the DA’s 89 MPs must re­sign en masse to force the dis­so­lu­tion of Par­lia­ment was wrong, and this was backed by con­sti­tu­tional law ex­perts.

Van Damme said that if this were to hap­pen, Par­lia­ment would con­tinue to func­tion with a clear ma­jor­ity of the ANC and no op­po­si­tion.

Par­lia­ment has 400 mem­bers, and the EFF said that if there were fewer than 350 MPs in the House, this would lead to the dis­so­lu­tion of the cham­ber in terms of the con­sti­tu­tion.

The EFF has main­tained its stance that it will not sup­port the DA mo­tion. It has said the ANC has a man­date to gov­ern the coun­try un­til the next round of elec­tions in 2019.

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