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Political analysis: coalition discussions underway

Sameera Casmod |
06 June 2024 | 12:40 p.m. SAST
1-minute read

President Cyril Rampahosa attends coalition discussions at the OR Tambo Conference Centre
Image: Radio Islam International

A week after an election that saw the ANC lose its majority, the buzzword in South Africa is ‘coalitions’. The changing political landscape in the country has sparked extensive discussion and debate about possible alliances between political parties.

Speaking to Radio Islam International yesterday, political analyst Zakhele Ndlovu said he believes that while an ANC-DA alliance would be good for South Africa, ANC supporters might not be pleased with the arrangement, something that the party could be considering during negotiations.

The discussions between the ANC and MK at a provincial level in Kwa Zulu Natal will affect negotiations between the two parties at a national level, Ndlovu said.

Ndlovu noted, however, that the ANC might be wary of partnering with the MK because of the party’s statements over the weekend, which appear to be veiled threats of political violence.

According to Ndlovu, the MK, as a new party, is more volatile than others, making it a less suitable ally for the ANC.

“I don’t think the ANC would want to go into a coalition with a party that is perceived to support violence,” Ndlovu stated.

In KZN, a coalition between the IFP, ANC, DA, EFF, and NFP is likely but not certain, Ndlovu said, even though the MK received the majority of the votes in the province. However, it is unlikely that the MK would take it lightly to be left out.

“If the ANC also refuses to go into a coalition with the MK party, we could see mass resignations of ANC councillors in KZN, which would force by-elections, and that would enable MK Party to control local government,” Ndlovu said.

Listen to the full interview on Sabaahul Muslim with Moulana Sulaimaan Ravat here.


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