"DA call for early elections may weaken opposition"

Parliament was set to debate a Democratic Alliance (DA) motion on Tuesday, calling for an early election.

The motion was tabled soon after the DA's failed motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma last month.

Political analyst Professor Richard Calland chats to CapeTalk's John Maytham about the motion's chances.

I understand the strategy, and I think it's fair to say this move is in line with their overall strategy, which is...a kind of rolling thunder approach to putting Zuma under pressure, putting the ANC under pressure, putting the government under pressure.

Professor Richard Calland, political analyst

He says the DA is trying to convince the public that this is a party that is unrelenting in its search for accountability.

But, practically, Calland believes the motion was an unwise move, for two reasons.

Firstly, it's extremely unlikely that any ANC MP will vote with the opposition, in fact, it's more likely to unite the ANC.

Professor Richard Calland, political analyst

So the high water mark of the last no confidence vote, when 35 or so ANC MPs crossed the floor...there will be a retreat from that, and the opposition may look a little bit weaker for not succeeding in getting ANC MPs to cross the floor.

Professor Richard Calland, political analyst

Secondly, he says, there is a danger that the opposition might break ranks on this.

If the EFF or UDM were to vote differently from the DA on this motion, it may show that the tactical unity that has been shown in recent times among opposition parties is crumbling.

Professor Richard Calland, political analyst

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