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With 10 parties signed up for GNU, ANC says first phase for parties to join now concluded

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The ANC said that any further parties wishing to join the government of national unity will be subject to clause 24 of the statement of intent, which states: “In keeping with the spirit of an inclusive GNU, it is agreed that the composition shall be discussed and agreed amongst the existing parties, whenever new parties desire to be part of the GNU.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa has begun his second term after his grand inauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. File picture: Itumeleng English, Independent Newspapers

THE AFRICAN National Congress (ANC) has announced the establishment of “an historic” agreement among 10 South African political parties to form a government of national unity to form the seventh democratic administration led by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The political parties that are now signatories to the government of national unity (GNU) arrangement are part of 10 parties who have representation in the seventh Parliament.

In the May 29 elections, the 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 has officially begun his second term after his party formulated the 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).

The list of political parties joining the GNU ranks has been increasing, with the GOOD Party, the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC), the Freedom Front Plus, the United Democratic Movement (UDM), Rise Mzansi and Al Jama-ah being the latest to join the arrangement.

ANC national spokesperson Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri said with the 10 political parties now being signatories to the GNU, the first phase of parties joining the unity government initiative has therefore been concluded.

ANC spokesperson Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri. File picture: Timothy Bernard, Independent Media

“The parties constituting the GNU together secured over 70% of the vote in the 2024 elections, ensuring broad representativity and a strong mandate to govern. These parties have agreed to be bound by the foundational principles outlined in the statement of intent, and to work together to pursue its objectives,” said Bhengu-Motsiri.

“Any further parties wishing to join the GNU will be subject to clause 24 of the statement of intent which states that: ‘In keeping with the spirit of an inclusive GNU, it is agreed that the composition shall be discussed and agreed amongst the existing parties, whenever new parties desire to be part of the GNU’.”

The ANC said engagements with the signatory parties to the GNU on the formation of the executive has started, and President Cyril Ramaphosa will announce appointments to the executive in the coming days.

“The ANC remains in open communication with the parties that have not joined the GNU, exploring various ways in which there can be collaboration on building a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa,” she said.

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