Political Desk: Is the call to dissolve parliament political grandstanding?

As Jacob Zuma holds onto his presidency in defiance, opposition parties are moving to have Parliament dissolved .

Party leaders want fresh elections held before a new president of the country is elected.

Bongani Bingwa speaks to political analyst Lebohang Pheko on whether the attempt is purely political grandstanding.

It depends on what the objective is. If the objective is primarily to remove Jacob Zuma from power, the calling for an election presents one or two difficulties although none of these are impossible to overcome.

Lebohang Pheko, Senior Research Fellow And Political Economist at Trade Collective

It would work on the assumption that the problem is primarily the party and not the individual and it would subject the electorate of having to go through a process of reelection of an entire movement. There may or may not be an entire appetite for that.

Lebohang Pheko, Senior Research Fellow And Political Economist at Trade Collective

It would also assume that if the problem is indeed an individual then the current processes have been exhausted and have been found wanting. The ANC constitution does not allow for a recall per say. It does allow for an NEC member to be removed. That constitution should be updated urgently because this is the second time the African National Congress is going through a situation where they want to 'remove' the head of state.

Lebohang Pheko, Senior Research Fellow And Political Economist at Trade Collective

It would also suggest that parliamentary processes themselves are not trusted.

Lebohang Pheko ,Senior Research Fellow And Political Economist at Trade Collective

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