The DA will look to dissolve parliament in order to trigger early elections, despite the fact that many opposition parties have voiced their dislike for this idea.
The DA is expected to table its motion on Thursday.
In terms of section 50 of the Constitution, the President must dissolve the National Assembly if a majority of members back such a motion and three years have passed since the last elections.
The motion would therefore bring about a whole new vote , which some opposition parties are saying will be close to futile to pursue given how recent the last vote occurred.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and Congress of the People (Cope) have slated the move.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says the DA has a right to table its motion but his party, like the EFF and Cope, won’t back it.
“The DA is welcome to take their own decisions which suit their political agenda. However, I am afraid the UDM will not support (the call) for early elections.”
DA chief whip John Steenhuisen says they’ll nevertheless press ahead.
“We still believe there’s some lobbying to be done, we certainly believe this is in the best interests of South Africa and in the best interests of us being able to remove a corrupt government from office.”
Steenhuisen says the resignation of DA MPs will not force an early election and that EFF leader Julius Malema’s call that the party should rather do this is based on a misreading of the Constitution.