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DA disappointed over failed ‘government of provincial unity’

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THE DA has expressed its “disappointment” over the failure of the ANC to form a government of provincial unity in the Northern Cape.

DA provincial chairperson Harold McGluwa. Picture: Supplied

THE DA has expressed its “disappointment” over the failure of the ANC to form a government of provincial unity in the Northern Cape.

The ANC, needing an additional seat in the provincial legislature to secure a majority in the currently hung legislature (with 15 seats each for the ANC and opposition parties), opted to form a working relationship with the FF+ instead.

DA provincial leader Harold McGluwa said they would take up their role as the main opposition in the provincial legislature.

“Given that the ANC was a single seat short of a total majority, they opted to cancel out the option of a government of provincial unity (GPU) in the Province, choosing rather to work with a smaller party by way of the Freedom Front Plus to get them over the line,” said McGluwa.

He added that the DA were in favour of forming a GPU.

“The DA in the Northern Cape is disappointed that this opportunity did not present itself, as we have the will, the experience and the track record required to help turn this Province around.

“I also believe that such an arrangement would have been far more impactful in addressing the many challenges facing the Northern Cape. This is unlike the vague agreement reached between the ANC and the FF+, which will instead benefit only a select community and lacks the muscle to effect any noteworthy change within the provincial government.”

McGluwa also pointed out that the EFF’s decision to vote for the DA candidates who contested the positions of premier, Speaker and deputy Speaker was not made on the basis of any agreement.

“Equally so, the Patriot Alliance (PA) opted to vote with the ANC. This was each party’s own decision.”

He indicated that the DA remained committed to “rescuing” the Northern Cape.

“We will upscale our oversight duties, be more vocal in offering practical proposals and remedies for the problems faced by the provincial government and not shy away from holding the government accountable for corruption, mismanagement and service delivery failures.

“We will also continue to unite communities and build a non-racial and non-sexist society, as we again roll up our sleeves to realise the dream of a better future for all residents of this Province.”

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