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Johannesburg - The DA's motion calling for Parliament to be dissolved and early elections to be held will be debated next week, the party confirmed on Thursday. 

This was reportedly announced in the National Assembly Programme Committee on Thursday morning.

The party earlier this month announced it would table a motion calling for early elections after yet another motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma failed.

Following this, DA's Mmusi Maimane said at a media briefing  that dissolving Parliament was the only option that could allow South Africans to air their views about Zuma's presidency. 

Numerous parties have since rejected this call, calling it "disrespectful" and "disingenuous".

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DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said the motion would be debated in the House on September 5. 

"The DA called for early elections as provided for in the Constitution following the August 8 motion, which saw a record number of MPs, including those from the ANC, vote to remove a captured president.

"The reality is that South Africa cannot afford another two years of ANC governance."

He added that, with over half of South Africans living in abject poverty, 9.3 million of people without work and the economy showing no signs of recovering from the recession, the country needed a new beginning.

Furthermore, Steenhuisen contended that the ANC could no longer be trusted to govern and it was clear that citizens had had enough.

"The DA will call on all MPs to support this motion to usher in new elections. Given the enormity of the challenges lying ahead, South Africa cannot afford to have that ANC in power any longer," he said.