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MKP snubs desperate ANC as coalition talks underway

by Zahid Jadwat

ANC spokeswoman Mahlengi Bhengu spoke on coalition talks at Luthuli House, Johannesburg, on Wednesday. [Picture: Nasreen Naidoo / Salaamedia]

 

Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto weSizwe Party (MKP) gave the African National Congress (ANC) a cold shoulder when the latter approached it, according to a spokesperson. Parties are engaging one another in a bid to form a new government after the watershed 2024 elections.

Speaking to the media at Chief Albert Luthuli House, Johannesburg, on Wednesday, ANC spokesperson Mahlengi Bhengu confirmed the party met delegations from other parties.

These include the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Democratic Alliance (DA), National Freedom Party (NFP) and Patriotic Alliance (PA). However, approaches to the MKP were fruitless.

“The National Officials reported to the NWC that the ANC has repeatedly reached out to the MKP for an engagement meeting, with no positive response. Our door remains open as we continue to reach out to every party that is keen to contribute positively to moving our country forward,” she said.

 

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Coalition

On Wednesday last week, South Africans queued up in the most significant election since 1994. When the Electoral Commission declared results Sunday, the ANC’s decline was confirmed as it dipped below 50% for the first time in three decades.

No other party was able to come close to the 50% mark, and so the country entered into an era of coalition politics. Simply, a bunch of parties will have to pool their support to meet the minimum required to form a government, otherwise known as a coalition.

Earlier suggestions that the ANC was flirting with the DA – its ideological nemesis – drew the ire of trade unions. Organisations like the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) feared an ANC-DA coalition would place business interests over those of workers.

Meanwhile, the MKP has repeatedly refused to work with an ANC led by Cyril Ramaphosa. But the ANC is adamant Ramaphosa should remain at the helm, despite the party’s dismal performance at the polls under his watch.

Said Bhengu: “The ANC is driven by the imperative to maintain national unity, stability and to put in place a government that will move with speed to tackle all the pressing socio-economic challenges our nation faces”.

Without elaborating on consensus reached in a meeting on Sunday, she said the party’s national working committee will take its “detailed perspectives on forming government in South Africa” to its national executive committee on Thursday.

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