EFF: Zuma Is Gone, Now Dissolve Parliament

The EFF said it had no faith in the ANC, called for the dissolution of Parliament and fresh elections.

ANC secretary general Ace Magashule and his deputy Jessie Duarte delivered Zuma's recall letter to the presidential guesthouse on Tuesday morning.

He said: "We are going to join the DA motion on the dissolution". There shouldn't be an election of a president. "We in this parliament are the same as Jacob Zuma and so therefore no one amongst us qualifies to be a president of South Africa if Zuma doesn't qualify to be a president of South Africa".

In this extract from the Economic Freedom Fighters news briefing today‚ the EFF explains why it will not participate in this afternoon's vote for a new president and its reasons for wanting parliament to be dissolved.

The EFF have walked out of the National Assembly, where proceedings to elect South Africa's new president were underway on Thursday. "We want to deal with the problems of corruption in state institutions and government and we want to focus on building the economy", said Mashatile.

Magashule also said there was no deadline for Zuma to resign based on the NEC's decision. "I pray that you have the courage to do the right thing even if it is not popular...even if the comrade say let us go left but you know the right is the way to go".

"We can not be part of an illegitimate process".

He says he will never go back to his original political home, the ANC, especially after he was embarrassed and had his property seized, saying all those in the governing party are all part of the "same Whatsapp group".

Ramaphosa extended an olive branch to opposition parties in his maiden address to members of parliament as head of state on Thursday.

But he had no kind of words for DA leader Mmusi Maimane who promised Ramaphosa that if he acts in the best interest of the country, the DA will cooperate with him.

Despite not partaking in the election of the new South African president, Malema said they would be present at the state of the nation address on Friday and would engage robustly.

Vanessa Coleman