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Zuma is enjoying his moment, but how long will it last?

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President Jacob Zuma walks during a site visit at Westonaria Agri-Park. (Lerato Sejake, News24)
President Jacob Zuma walks during a site visit at Westonaria Agri-Park. (Lerato Sejake, News24)

Two things happened after the no-confidence motion in President Jacob Zuma failed.

Firstly, DA leader Mmusi Maimane decided to table a motion to have Parliament dissolved and for fresh general elections to be held. For him, the country is so directionless that only a fresh mandate from voters would set it on the right track.

Whether or not Maimane’s strategy is politically sound for the purposes of curing the serious and valid concerns that he highlights, is a different question. What is important, though, is that it’s not an illegal proposition. It’s perfectly provided for in the Constitution. Like the motion of no confidence, which was constitutionally permissible, the attempt to dissolve Parliament can be defeated.

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