- Political experts have voiced that a Government of National Unity could potentially be South Africa’s best way forward
- The suggestion is that the two leading parties, the DA and the ANC, could form a coalition instead of engaging in a constant tug-of-war over leading SA
- Briefly.co.za took a look at what a Government of National Unity entails and how it would work for SA
As last of the votes for the 2019 South African Elections are being counted up, political analysts have suggested the creation of a Government of National Unity (GNU).
So far, the African National Congress (ANC) leads with 57.5% of the votes, with the Democratic Alliance (DA) coming in second with 20.7%.
The DA will retain the Western Cape, with 55.4% support in this area.
With only a small percentage of votes left to be counted, poltical analyst, Lumkile Mondi, has suggested that the best way forward for South Africa is the creation of a GNU.
According to SA History, the last time a GNU was formed was in 1994, when Nelson Mandela and F.W. De Klerk managed to come to an agreement and transitioned from the Apartheid system to democracy.
The GNU was encouraged by the ANC in 1994 partly as a way to ensure an inclusive way forward for South Africa.
This inclusivity was hoped to be able to help SA get a head-start on transformation in the country, as well as positively impact SA’s socio-economic standing.
The parties chosen to be a part of the GNU were those that had received over 10% of votes in the first democratic elections.
The ANC disbanded the GNU in 1999, after the need for the coalition became null and void.
Mondi explained that a GNU could benefit South Africa presently, as the country needs to recover from the negative affects that Jacob Zuma’s presidency had on SA's socio-economic standing.
“A grand coalition of some sort could really support the country. President Ramaphosa, with some elements of the DA that are capable, coming in to really help us rebuild, [could] see us go back to the promise of 1996, where we’re promising South African people to make a difference, to redress, grow the economy and create opportunities,” Mondi outlined.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mondi thinks that a GNU in SA could also put an end to the tug-of-war between the ANC and the DA and place the government’s focus on bettering the lives of the country’s people.
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