JOHANNESBURG, South Africa’s main opposition party, the Deocratic Alliance (DA), has launched a campaign to rally the people to sign a petition seeking early elections before they are due in 2019.

The DA says it believes the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has lost the confidence of the majority of South Africans, and that Parliament requires a new beginning through the ballot box.

DA Spokesperson Phumzile van Damme said Monday that the outcome of the voting on a Motion of No Confidence against President Jacob Zuma tabled in the National Assembly on Aug 8, was a clear indication that the ruling party is willing to do anything to protect, what she called a “corrupt president”.

President Zuma survived the vote by a narrower than expected 198-177 margin despite the ANC controlling 249 of the 400 seats in the National Assembly after some ANC members abstained or voted for the opposition sponsored motion. Van Damme said South Africans should be allowed to decide whether they want to go to the polls before 2019.

We will table the petition in Parliament as we have done with have done with past petitions. And then it will really be up to ANC MPs to decide whether or not they will listen to South Africa’s people and support a motion for early elections,” she said/