EFF explains why it wants early elections

The ANC caucus met on Wednesday morning on the outcomes of a meeting of the party's national executive committee, and ANC treasurer general Paul Mashatile told the media that they had given Zuma until Wednesday to resign.

EFF leader Julius Malema wants parliament dissolved today, Thursday, and has the motion to achieve just that at the ready.

"The EFF will therefore not participate in the election of a new President to replace Zuma because we do not want to legitimate anyone from the ruling party". And there was no possibility the EFF motion of no confidence was going to be withdrawn.

"Furthermore‚ opposition parties should not be opportunistic and field candidates for position of President because none won elections and even when combined‚ do not constitute more than 50% of the vote. That is a good sign of demonstrating that across party lines we should have an opportunity of working together", Ramaphosa said.

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Speaker Baleka Mbete on Thursday refused a call from the opposition to hear a motion for the dissolution of Parliament, saying the only business of the day would be the election of a new president to succeed Zuma. Because this parliament has been complicit in creating the personality cult that is Jacob Zuma and it must be dissolved to reconstitute a new leadership of South Africa with a fresh mandate from the general participation of our people through elections.

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa credited ordinary South Africans for Ramaphosa's election and joked that the ANC had finally managed to give Zuma a "shibobo".

This was a decision taken to ensure accountability and transparency‚ Mothapo said. So we've been a parliament which has been busy over nothing accept the protection of Jacob Zuma.

Malema also reacted to Ramaphosa's plan of presenting the state of the nation address tomorrow. "My wish is that all of us should be able to work and lead our people with great courage", Ramaphosa said. We can be cleansed by the election process.

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