The Democratic Alliance's (DA) tabled motion to have Parliament dissolved looks doomed. Neither the dissolution of Parliament nor a significant number of MP resignations is likely to ensure early elections.
The DA believes elections in the current political climate will benefit opposition parties.
Other opposition parties disagree.
The national Freedom Party's (NFP) Prof Nhlanhla Khubisa, says, "We cannot support such a motion. We believe it’s not opportune to dissolve Parliament. We would have to contemplate resources with regard to dissolved Parliament. Political parties are not ready."
United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) Nqabayomzi Kwankwa says, "We also run the risk of making a very grave error here; that if we allow ourselves to turn every issue into a vicious fight for political power, we might end up reducing this very important institution, Parliament.”
Cope, the African Independent Congress (AIC), Freedom Front Plus, (FF+) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) also don't like the idea.
"So long as there are 200 MP's, Parliament will be able to function"
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) calls it an opportunistic move. The party says when it made a similar suggestion during the Nkandla saga, the DA wouldn't support it.
The EFF is now challenging the DA to resign en masse.
EFF Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu has challenged the DA to call all its MPs to resign to destabilise Parliament if they want to dissolve it.
“The EFF was the first to call for the dissolution of Parliament immediately after the Constitutional Court ruling that illustrated that Parliament was unable to hold the executive accountable on the Nkandla issue, but the DA rejected our proposal that time, and the most practical way to deal with the dissolution of Parliament… it’s when all of us as, Members of Parliament had the opportunity to resign. The EFF is not going to support a debate around the dissolution of Parliament because it’s just opportunism, which the DA is displaying now. If they are genuine about the dissolution of Parliament let them instruct all their members to resign and Parliament will be dissolved.