Unity government: ‘It’s little foxes that destroy vineyards’

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The IVP does not have a conscientious objection to a government of national unity (GNE), but nevertheless warns that it is the “little foxes that destroy the vineyard”.

The fine print of what exactly a government of national unity entails will therefore be decisive for the way forward and ultimately guide the parties’ decisions.

RNews earlier reported that the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) agreed to invite political parties to form an RNE “as the best option to take our country forward”. The announcement was made on Thursday by pres. Cyril Ramaphosa made.

The ANC won 40% of the votes in the just-concluded national election and now, for the first time since the party came to power in 1994, must work together with other parties to govern the country.

Coalition talks with the DA, EFF, IVP, the PA and ex-pres. Jacob Zuma’s MK party has already taken place. However, it is not clear at this stage which parties will side with the ANC.

The IVP, which walked out of the election with 17 seats, says that in light of Ramaphosa’s announcement, the IVP’s coalition task force will continue discussions with the ANC and other parties and widen the scope of its liaison “while we all deal with the possibility, viability and dynamics of an RNE struggle”.

“In principle, the IVP is not opposed to a government of national unity.

“However, the challenges lie in the fine print, which will become clearer over the next few days and will enable the IPP to make a well-informed decision,” said Mkhuleko Hlengwa, the IPP’s national spokesperson.

Yes, part of the process

Werner Horn, the DA’s spokesperson, told RNews on Friday that the party welcomes the fact that the negotiations can now move to a “more substantive phase”.

“Our negotiating team’s mandate is still to hear from other parties which model they favor.

“Hopefully the ANC will put a more detailed proposal on the table on Friday which can then be discussed by our federal executive committee (and especially the federal council that meets on Monday), as an RNE can involve many different forms and variations.

“We remain part of the process, but the invitation to all parties and not only to those who consider our current constitutional order, the rule of law and a social market economy as non-negotiable, complicates the situation,” said Horn.

The DA is still the second largest party in the country and received 21.81% of all votes. The party has 87 seats in parliament.

MKP ‘open-minded, but…’

Former Pres. Jacob Zuma’s MK party meanwhile said the party had also met with the ANC.

According to Nhlamulo Ndhlela, spokesperson for the MKP, the party will soon enter into discussions with the ANC again to listen “open-mindedly” to what the party’s goals are “for the South African majority and black people in particular”.

Ndhlela says the MKP, which with 58 seats and 14.58% of the vote is now the third largest party in the country, is only interested in discussions about the future of South Africa that serve the interests of citizens and especially the poor, unemployed, homeless and protected landless black people against the interests of a white monopoly.

“Any coalition must focus on eradicating systems that prolong the political domination and economic oppression of our people.”

‘EFF will not share power with enemy’

Although the EFF has not yet revealed much about its intentions and coalition prospects, the party’s leader, Julius Malema, wrote on the social media platform X that “we cannot share power with the enemy”.

In another X entry, Malema says “the arrogance continues even after South African voters sent warning signs”.

“You cannot prescribe the way forward as if you won the election. We are not desperate for anything, we have a goal that spans generations,” he wrote on Thursday evening.

The EFF won 9% of the votes nationally in this year’s election and now only has 39 seats in parliament. In 2019, the party received a total of 10.49% of votes and therefore had 44 seats. However, the red berets were kicked off that podium by Zuma’s MKP.

No invitation to FF Plus

Dr. Pieter Groenewald, leader of the FF Plus, confirmed to RNews that this party has not yet received any invitation at national level to enter into discussions with the ANC and that the party also does not know what the exact conditions of an RNE entail. .

“The ANC says that it has certain conditions and establishes certain principles and values ​​that must be met. It will depend on what exactly the particular conditions are. Participating parties in the government of national unity will then have to decide whether they agree with it.”

The FF Plus won six seats in parliament.

Ramaphosa said earlier that the goal of a government of national unity must first and foremost deal with the issues that South Africans want addressed. These include “job creation and economic growth, high living costs, service delivery, crime and corruption”.

He believes the result of the election offers an opportunity to follow a more inclusive and cooperative approach to government.

“A unity government is the most viable, efficient and powerful way to meet the expectations of South Africans at this stage.”