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SOUTH AFRICA SEES UNLIKELY COALITION GOVERNMENT FORMED AMIDST IDEOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES

PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA TAKES OATH OF OFFICE, REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO SOUTH AFRICA’S CONSTITUTION

By Wilis Moyo

In a surprise move, the African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have put aside their historical rivalry to form a coalition government, joined by the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and the Patriotic Alliance (PA). This unlikely alliance, dubbed a “Government of National Unity,” aims to foster collaboration despite significant ideological and policy disparities.

The coalition’s formation sparks curiosity, as the participating parties hold diverse views on various issues. The ANC, traditionally associated with a leftist stance, will work alongside the DA, known for its centrist approach, and the IFP, which has historically held a more conservative position. The PA, led by Gayton McKenzie, brings a nationalist perspective to the table.

While the parties tout this partnership as a unity government, critics argue that it merely masks semantic differences. As the coalition navigates South Africa’s complex political landscape, it remains to be seen how these ideological disparities will be addressed and whether this unconventional alliance will yield effective governance.

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa today took the oath of office as a member of the National Assembly, marking his formal return to Parliament.

With his hand on the Bible, President Ramaphosa solemnly swore to be faithful to the Republic of South Africa, obey and respect the Constitution, and uphold all laws of the land. He also pledged to perform his duties to the best of his ability as a member of the National Assembly.

This milestone marks an important moment in South Africa’s democratic journey, reaffirming the country’s dedication to constitutional governance and the rule of law.

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