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Government of National Unity: Nobody was excluded

by Zahid Jadwat

A government of national unity, ironically, has the country divided. 

 

With just over 24 hours to go before Parliament sits down for the first time since the watershed 2024 general election, it appears an alliance between the African National Congress (ANC), Democratic Alliance (DA) and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is taking shape.

This has spurred much debate, with some saying the proposed government of national unity is a sham. Others suggest it is the best option for a country in urgent need of change, where unemployment, poverty, inequality and crime are rife.

Speaking in an interview on Salaamedia, Duma Gqubule, research associate at the Social Policy Initiative, was sceptical of any coalition arrangement that could involve the DA.

“Just ignore the political theatre. We have an unprecedented crisis of unemployment, poverty and inequality. After 30 years, the ANC has made virtually no progress in terms of the economy,” he said.

 

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Questioning whether it was possible at all to have a government of national unity that did not include the left-leaning Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), he said an ANC-DA-IFP alliance was not the way to go.

“The current path means that we are going to have another five years of declining GDP per capita. By the end of this seventh administration, we will have had 21 years of declining average living standards,” he argued.

But political analyst Dr Levy Ndou seemed to think differently. In an interview on Newzroom Afrika, he said while it might sound like a compelling argument, the likes of the EFF were not excluded. Instead, he said, they chose not to participate.

“What is very much important for us to note is that these parties are not being isolated. These parties are being invited to participate in whatever form of government that could be created by all other political parties. It is based on how they feel, whether they should participate or not,” he said.

The first sitting of parliament is set to take place on Friday morning. The speaker, deputy speaker and president are to be elected. Candidates must have the majority vote to be elected.




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