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Ex-president Zuma’s party team up with opposition to Challenge ANC-DA coalition

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South Africa’s uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) party announced on Sunday that it will join an alliance of smaller opposition parties in parliament to challenge the coalition government led by the African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA).

This coalition, termed a “government of national unity,” was agreed upon by the ANC and the DA on Friday, marking a significant shift after 30 years of ANC rule.

The MK party, founded by former President Jacob Zuma, secured a strong third-place finish in the May 29 election, winning 14.6% of the vote and 58 seats in the 400-seat National Assembly.

However, MK lawmakers boycotted the first sitting of the National Assembly on Friday, filing a complaint of vote-rigging with the country’s top court, which was dismissed as without merit.

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Spokesperson Nhlamulo Ndhlela, speaking on behalf of Zuma, stated that the MK party will join the “Progressive Caucus,” an alliance that includes the Marxist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the centre-left United Democratic Movement. This alliance now commands close to 30% of the seats in the National Assembly.

“This united effort is necessary because the 2024 election has also resulted in the consolidation of right-wing and reactionary forces who are opposed to economic freedom, radical economic transformation, racial equality, and land repossession,” Ndhlela declared.

He added that MK decided to take up its seats in the National Assembly following legal advice and will continue to pursue its election rigging allegations in parliament and in courts.

The Independent Electoral Commission has maintained that the election was free and fair. Zuma criticized the unity government, which also includes the socially conservative Inkatha Freedom Party and the right-wing Patriotic Alliance, labeling it “meaningless” and a “white-led unholy alliance.”

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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