SA Reacts to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Announcement of Government of National Unity

SA Reacts to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Announcement of Government of National Unity

  • South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa announced after the African National Congress NEC met the country's way forward
  • He revealed that the ruling party had chosen to adopt a government of national unity because it did not win by a majority
  • Stellenbosch University's Professor Zwelinzima Ndevu, the director of the School of Public Governance, spoke to Briefly News
  • South Africans shared their different views on the government of national unity, with some supporting it and others opposing it

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The African National Congress adopted a government of national unity
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JOHANNESBURG— South Africa's president, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced that the African National Congress has elected to proceed with a national unity government. South Africans had a lot to say about the decision.

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Ramaphosa announces government of national unity

Cyril Ramaphosa posted his announcement on 6 June on his @CyrilRamaphosa account on X. In the video he posted, he announced that the ANC's NEC met and agreed that it would form a government of national unity. Ramaphosa said that the NEC weighed all the options and chose the best for the country's future.

He also called on other political parties to join the ANC in creating a seventh administration. He added that the party had already reached out to different political parties about the government of national unity. View the tweet here:

Stellenbosch professor speaks to Briefly News

Speaking to Briefly News, Stellenbosch University's Professor Zwelinzima Ndevu, the School of Public Governance director, gave his views on the GNU.

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"We are trying to shoot a moving target. Every hour, every minute as we countdown towards tomorrow will be important. One cannot say for certain that a Government of National Unity will be formed by these parties. What we know for sure is there will be a government run by multiple parties," he said.

South Africans react to government of national unity

Lindo Mnisi said:

"As long as it will deliver land and economic freedom in our lifetime. As long as the transformation agenda is not abandoned."

Lunga said:

"The government of national unity worked in 1994 because Nelson Mandela was leader. This one will definitely fail because you are not a leader."

Phillip Phoku asked:

"Who will be the watchdog if everyone's hand is in the cookie jar?"

Doc Sixers said:

"So, having pretended to be enemies for years, the DA and EFF will finally be "united"."

Livert Mudzingenyama said:

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"This is leadership."

Economic Freedom Fighters' Julius Malema rejects GNU

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that the Economic Freedom Fighter's president, Julius Malema, rejected a government of national unity.

Malema spoke after Ramaphosa announced that the ANC NEC had decided to forge a government with other political parties, and Malema snubbed the announcement.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: