Johannesburg – The ANC Youth League says the real agenda behind opposition parties’ push for a motion of no confidence via secret ballot is an attempt at regime change.
In a statement released by the league’s Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza on Friday, he said that opposition parties which were being led by the DA and EFF in the bid to remove President Jacob Zuma as South Africa’s head of state, was to short change electoral democracy through a “palace coup”.
“Their bid to have a vote of no confidence passed against the President of the Republic, comrade Jacob Zuma, is not a matter of commitment to constitutionality but an attack on the democratic choice of the majority - as expressed through the 2014 general elections,” said Nzuza in a statement.
Opposition parties have been urging ANC members of Parliament to join in their motion of no confidence against Zuma, this in spite of warnings from the ANC leadership to toe the party line and not to support the motion.
Although some in the DA, including its leader Mmusi Maimane have previously said the sooner South Africa goes to elections the better, opposition parties argued in a joint statement that the motion was not about removing the ANC from power.
"The next election is in 2019, where the opposition will face the ruling party and this we accept [that] there can never be a shortcut to the removal of the ANC other than in 2019," they said in a statement.
The strategy of these undemocratic minorities of elite forces are an attempt to plunge the country into political crisis by means of a palace coup; to be set in motion through Section 102(2) of the Constitution, insisted Nzuza.
He said opposition parties hoped the motion of no confidence would succeed and then see Zuma and his cabinet forced to step down and eventually see the collapse of the executive arm of the state, resulting in “political upheaval”.
But Nzuza said the plans of the opposition went further than seeing the collapse of South Africa’s government.
“Their real agenda is to force a deadlock that would see the National Assembly failing to elect a new president within 30 days. If they were to succeed in forcing that deadlock, the Speaker of Parliament, who will then be acting president, would be forced to dissolve the National Assembly in terms of Section 50(2a)- leading to the Chief Justice having to declare the need for new general elections,” said the ANCYL SG.
Nzuza has also called on South Africans to reject what he described as attempts to plunge the country into political crisis.
“All members of the ANC and democratic forces of South Africa have a revolutionary duty to rise up against these attempts at staging a palace coup,” he said.
The league is expected to join thousands marching around the precinct in defence of Zuma.