Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says the party is well organized to defeat the African National Congress (ANC) through a coalition government in 2019 general elections.
Maimane was speaking at the federal council meeting held in Durban ahead of 2019 elections, saying the DA has already begun the process of selecting the suitable candidate for various positions.
After a two-day federal council meeting held in Durban, Maimane stated it’s possible to unseat the African National Congress (ANC) through a coalition government in 2019.
Maimane says there is a bigger chance to remove the ANC from power after balloting information suggests that the ruling party currently sits below 50%.
He says the party is confident that ANC will lose majority vote in 2019 which gives the DA power to form a coalition government with opposition parties.
“We can dislodge them in 2019 and build a coalition government that will take South Africa towards prosperity.”
Maimane maintained that the main objective is to remove President Jacob Zuma from power after the Constitutional Court ruled in favor of opposition party United Democratic Movement (UDM)’s call for a secret ballot vote on a motion of no confidence against President Zuma.
The Constitutional Court’s clarified the National Assembly speaker’s powers on deciding on a secret ballot in Parliament.
Last week, the court ruled Speaker Baleka Mbete was mistaken when she said that neither the Constitution nor parliamentary rules allow her to authorize a secret vote.
This comes after the UDM handed application for Parliament to hold a motion of no confidence in the president via a secret ballot.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng clarified Mbete does have the power to allow for a secret ballot.
“Now that it has been explained that she has the power to that which she is not averse to, she has the properly guided latitude to prescribe what she considers the appropriate voting procedure.”
Mogoeng added a motion of no confidence would enhance the enforcement of accountability.
“When all the regular checks and balances seem to be ineffective or a serious accountability breach is sought to have occurred, then the citizens’ best interest could at times demand a resort to the ultimate accountability ensuring mechanisms.”
At this stage, it is not clear whether Mbete will allow secret ballot vote as per call made by the UDM and opposition parties.