ANC Welcomes 5 Parties into Government of National Unity

ANC Welcomes 5 Parties into Government of National Unity

  • The African National Congress (ANC) has welcomed three more parties into the Government of National Unity (GNU), forming a coalition with the DA
  • The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), GOOD and Patriotic Alliance (PA) are now part of the GNU, collectively holding 68% of the National Assembly seats
  • South Africans are still sceptical about the coalition's durability and the roles of different parties within the GNU

Reitumetse Makwea, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Pretoria, South Africa, has covered local elections, policy changes, the State of the Nation Address and political news at The Citizen and Rekord Noweto for over five years.

GNU invites 3 more parties
The ANC, DA, IFP, GOOD and the PA collectively represent 273 seats in the National Assembly, which is 68% of the seats in the National Assembly. Image: Image: Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images
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The African National Congress (ANC) has officially welcomed five political parties into a Government of National Unity (GNU), emphasising their collective vision for the country.

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The ANC, Democratic Alliance (DA), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), GOOD and Patriotic Alliance (PA) have come together, representing a significant 273 seats in the National Assembly, which constitutes 68% of the legislative body.

ANC makes a stronger alliance

Despite securing only 40.1% of the national vote in the May General Election, the ANC has strengthened its position through strategic alliances.

According to eNCA, the majority party has reiterated that this coalition aims to uphold and advance the ANC’s vision for South Africa, ensuring that the opposition will not undermine their objectives.

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Ongoing discussions and open doors

In a statement, the ANC highlighted that the door remains open for further discussions with other parties.

"We have not closed the door on the GNU. Discussions with other parties are ongoing."

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The call is extended to parties that have yet to join the GNU to reconsider their stance and collaborate for the nation's greater good.

"Talks with other parties are continuing to foster inclusivity. The ANC once again invites political parties that have chosen to define themselves outside of these efforts to reconsider and join the GNU."

Party secretary-general Fikile Mbalula addressed the media, emphasising that despite political differences, the country's democracy is progressing.

"We have achieved significant milestones by electing a Parliament after the elections. Despite our differences and internal opposition, we have demonstrated to the world that South Africa is not a failed democracy.
"It is evolving and reaching the level of an advanced democracy. On the African continent and globally, Nelson Mandela was smiling on us yesterday, seeing that the vision he set in 1994 to move South Africa forward is still alive today."

Uncertain longevity of the GNU

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Netizens remain cautious about the durability of this newly formed GNU. Many expressed scepticism and curiosity about the GNU's future.

@gugu_mtho questioned the roles of the various parties, remarking:

"After they’ve signed the GNU with the DA? What will the role of other parties be? For as long as all parties are not part of the GNU, it’s a DA/ANC Coalition."

@GodisanAfrican expressed confusion about the coalition’s formation, asking:

"I'm so confused. Kanti who was the original GNU, and who has now been added??"

Meanwhile, @Edskillz_Don humorously noted the potential impact on progressive parties, stating:

"Lol, they are now eating into the progressive party votes, imagine if EFF joins, the MK will be left in the cold."

KZN coalition shuffle: ANC, IFP, DA consider pact to block MKP

Briefly News reported that the ANC, IFP and DA were reportedly in talks to form a coalition agreement and sideline the MK Party in KwaZulu-Natal.

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Reports suggested that the provincial leaders of the three parties were holding informal discussions on the possibility.

Their plan is, however, threatened by the possibility of an MK Party, EFF and NFP coalition, which, if entered into, would likely govern the province.

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Reitumetse Makwea (Editor) Reitumetse Makwea is a Current Affairs journalist at Briefly News. She has a National diploma, Advanced diploma and Post-graduate diploma in Journalism from the Tshwane University of Technology. She first worked as a student journalist and freelancer for Caxton's Record Noweto and later joined The Citizen News, where she worked for a little over 3 years covering politics, environmental news, business, education, and health. Reitumetse joined Briefly News in 2024. Email: