Mpumelelo Mkhabela | Balancing act: Can the GNU craft unity amid ideological rifts?


ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa at the Birchwood Hotel before announcing the party would form a government of national unity. (Ditiro Selepe/News24)

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa at the Birchwood Hotel before announcing the party would form a government of national unity. (Ditiro Selepe/News24)

The most significant risk to establishing a government of national unity, or its operation once established, is the ANC’s broad church of competing interests, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

The excitement is palpable among Democratic Alliance leaders, strategists, and supporters. The 2024 elections have delivered an outcome that, for the first time, gives the DA options beyond its official opposition role. 

It could be a stabiliser, a confidence supplier, or a coalition partner to the ANC. With these options in mind, DA leaders have entered the ongoing coalition talks with enthusiasm. They quickly established a negotiating team that met with the ANC and made public their main talking points. 

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