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‘Looks like government of national unity is getting really wobbly’ – ActionSA

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As South Africans keenly await the announcement of the Cabinet members to take posts in the seventh administration, opposition party ActionSA has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to appoint highly qualified candidates as ministers.

ActionSA caucus leader in the National Assembly, Athol Trollip. File picture: Timothy Bernard, Independent Media

AS SOUTH Africans keenly await the announcement of the Cabinet members to take posts in the seventh administration, opposition party ActionSA has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to appoint highly qualified candidates as ministers.

In the May 29 elections, the African National Congress (ANC) received its worst election result since apartheid ended 30 years ago in South Africa. The ANC garnered 40% of the vote, losing its absolute majority in Parliament.

Ramaphosa officially begun his second term after his party formulated the government of national unity (GNU), incorporating its decades-old rival, the Democratic Alliance (DA), and other smaller parties, including the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and the Patriotic Alliance (PA).

Earlier, the ANC said the 10 political parties constituting the GNU together secured over 70% of the vote in the 2024 elections, ensuring broad representativity and a strong mandate to govern South Africa. Some of the political parties however have publicly demanded specific Cabinet ministries in the seventh administration.

In an interview with broadcaster Newzroom Afrika, leader of the ActionSA caucus in the National Assemby, Athol Trollip, said Ramaphosa has a tough balancing act in allocating the cushy Cabinet posts.

“Cyril Ramaphosa does not have a good record in putting his foot down, unfortunately for South Africa. I think the parties that have joined, for example the Patriotic Alliance, made no bones about it … Gayton McKenzie said he was looking for at least one ministerial position, either home affairs or police, and possibly two positions. Patricia de Lille of GOOD has been a minister in the last term, she wants to be a minister again and make no mistake, all the other small parties – whether they have got one seat or two seats, they are going to be making extractive demands.

“Cyril Ramaphosa is going to have to balance that. But the biggest balancing act is keeping their main partner, the Democratic Alliance in this GNU. It looks like it is getting really wobbly,” said Trollip.

A recent public spat involving the ANC, DA and the PA has triggered concern over the strength of the government of unity, and its longevity.

The Inkatha Freedom Party’s Velenkonisi Hlabisa, however, believes the public spat between the ANC secretary-general, Fikile Mbalula, and the chairperson of the DA’s federal council, Helen Zille, is merely a case of teething problems.

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