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ANC Divisions and Coalition Deal with DA: A Political Analysis

The African National Congress (ANC) finds itself at a crossroads, grappling with internal divisions regarding a potential coalition with the Democratic Alliance (DA). While some senior leaders, along with their allies in the trade union movement and the South African Communist Party (SACP), advocate for a coalition with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and smaller parties or MK, others, notably President Ramaphosa, lean towards a coalition with the DA and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).

Ramaphosa’s Preference and Rationale

President Ramaphosa views the DA and IFP as more dependable partners in addressing South Africa’s pressing issues, such as the economic crisis and crumbling infrastructure. Despite internal dissent, Ramaphosa sees this coalition as a pragmatic approach to governance.

Obstacles to Coalition Building

However, significant hurdles loom large in the path to this coalition. The DA staunchly opposes the ANC’s initiatives to establish a welfare state, particularly the proposed government-funded national health service. The DA argues that such measures are financially unsustainable and jeopardize the private health sector’s future. Additionally, the party vehemently rejects the ANC’s black economic empowerment policies, alleging discrimination against racial minorities and the enrichment of ANC-affiliated businesses.

Acknowledging Challenges Ahead

While the coalition deal marks a notable milestone, John Steenhuisen, leader of the DA, acknowledges that South Africa’s deep-rooted problems, including crime and economic challenges, cannot be resolved overnight. The journey ahead is bound to be arduous, requiring concerted efforts and collaboration.

The ANC’s internal divisions and the prospect of a coalition with the DA underscore the complexities of South African politics. As the nation navigates through these turbulent waters, the road ahead demands strategic decision-making and a commitment to addressing the country’s multifaceted challenges.