The African National Congress (ANC) has hit back following the failed motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, saying it’s been vindicated.
The party’s chief whip, Jackson Mthembu, says the move by the opposition exposes what the ANC has always stated, that the motion of no confidence is not about President Zuma but an attempt at regime change through Parliament.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) announced its next step on Wednesday.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane plans to table a motion on Thursday to dissolve the national legislature.
The DA’s motion of no confidence in President Zuma failed on Tuesday, with just 21 votes separating the two sides.
A total of 177 Members of Parliament voted in favour of the motion, while 198 voted against it and nine abstained.
The party’s leadership feels it time to revive the fight against Zuma.
Officials say Section 50 of the Constitution states the President must dissolve the National Assembly if the House adopts a resolution to dissolve, with the supporting vote of members.
Maimane says they still need to lobby the support of opposition parties.
The official opposition says early elections would also afford South Africans an opportunity to speak out about the ANC's continued backing of the scandal-hit president.