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ANC, DA and IFP agree to build future government

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa’s idea of a Government of National Unity is fast taking shape, with the ANC, DA and IFP all committing to build a stable government

At this stage it looks as if the future government will be a broad coalition of these parties – with the exclusion of Jacob Zuma’s Umkhonto Wesizwe Party and the Economic Freedom Fighters.

The partners are also expected to work together to form a coalition government that will rule the economic hub of Gauteng, where the ANC also failed to secure a clear majority.

On Friday, the coalition partners will support an IFP candidate for premier of KZN.

To sweeten the deal, the ANC has decided to recall eThekwini mayor Mxolisi Kaunda and send him to the National Council of Provinces.

Both the IFP and the DA in the province have complained about Kaunda’s performance, which led to the collapse of basic services like water provision, refuse delivery and infrastructure repair after the devastating KZN floods of 2022.

The party is expected to field the highly respected former premier of KZN, Dr Zweli Mkhize, to be the mayor of eThekwini Metro.

The coalition agreement also has implications for Gauteng, where the first sitting of the legislature is scheduled for Friday.

ANC premier candidate Panyaza Lesufi will need the help of the DA and the IFP to secure a second term as premier after the ANC garnered just 36.47% of the provincial vote.

The broad coalition is expected to filter down to the City of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni metro, where the ANC needs new coalition partners to end its troublesome marriage with the EFF.

The DA Federal Council has been meeting this week, critically to take a position on the election of the president and speaker of Parliament on Friday.

From the ANC’s side, alliance partners including unions affiliated to Cosatu, continue to reject the ANC National Executive Committee’s preference for the inclusion of the DA in a future ANC-led government.

ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula said the party is simultaneously crafting the GNU along with various provincial governments.

“We have been meeting with all parties that are keen to contribute ideas on how we can collectively move our country forward ...ANC national officials have also been interviewing the final ANC premiers and premier candidates, which will be unveiled this week.”

Pictured above: IFP leader Velenkosini Hlabisa and DA leader John Steenhuisen are the first to embrace President Cyril Ramaphosa’s GNU.

Source: X