DA is arrogant, they will be excluded from the Government of National Unity (GNU): Journalists told


In the midst of South Africa's dynamic political landscape, a fierce struggle for power is underway as the formation of a new government looms. Behind closed doors, political heavyweights are engaging in intense negotiations, with the Democratic Alliance (DA) finding itself on the precipice of exclusion from a multiparty government.

In a recent interview with IOL, senior leader of the uMkhonto weSizwe Party (MK), Muzi Ntshingila, delivered a scathing critique of the DA, stating, "The DA has already isolated itself by being arrogant in ignoring the will of the people and the majority who voted for MK in KwaZulu-Natal. Progressive black forces are willing to put the country and the vision of the majority of our people first and will come together to do that."

Ntshingila's bold statement underscores the mounting tensions between the MK Party and the DA, as the former firmly opposes the inclusion of ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa in any potential government coalition. While talks with ANC leaders continue, Ntshingila emphasized that their stance against Ramaphosa remains unchanged, hinting at the possibility of compromises being made to achieve their ultimate goal of keeping the DA out of the coalition.

Responding to these developments, Solly Malatsi, spokesperson for the DA, cautioned against jumping to conclusions about their exclusion. He stated, "Our party's Federal Council is meeting on Monday where we will receive feedback from our negotiating team. We will then discuss this and decide how to proceed. But our talks with the ANC continues."

The political landscape is further complicated by divergent opinions within the ANC itself. Financial markets have pushed for a Government of National Unity (GNU) consisting of the ANC, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), and the DA. However, some members of the ANC have threatened to resign if the DA is brought into the coalition, while others support the idea of a Black Pact comprising progressive parties that exclude the DA.

Smaller parties have also entered the fray, expressing their desire to be included in the GNU, further intensifying the jostle for power. The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), known as the potential kingmaker in both national and KwaZulu-Natal politics, has remained tight-lipped about their preferred coalition partners, keeping their cards close to their chest.

While the DA has rejected any partnership with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the MK Party, the ANC continues its negotiations with both parties, raising the prospect of a broad-based GNU without the DA.

Ultimately, the ANC holds the majority of votes, despite falling short of the 50% mark, granting them the power to decide which parties they want to govern with. As various parties voice their preferences, demands, and threats, the clock is ticking for a new parliament to be inaugurated this month. However, MK leader Ntshingila expressed concern over the rushed inauguration, stating, "We cannot go into a new parliament without matters being resolved."

As the political landscape continues to shift, tensions rise, and negotiations unfold, the outcome of these discussions will shape the future of South African governance. With stakes running high, the nation eagerly awaits the resolution of these intricate political maneuvers.

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