ANC Rejects Post-Election Coalitions – Deputy Secretary-General Mokonyane Takes Firm Stance

Nomvula Mokonyane, the ANC’s deputy secretary-general, asserts that post-election coalitions are not viable for the ANC at present.

She clarifies that while the ANC remains open to collaboration with other parties, there are currently no discussions regarding coalition governments.

Mokonyane emphasizes the importance of alignment on shared objectives for any potential collaboration.

Instability of Coalitions

Mokonyane highlights the instability of coalition governments, particularly at the local government level, attributing this to a lack of legislative framework.

She acknowledges the challenges faced by coalitions in delivering effective governance, citing past instances of failed power-sharing attempts.

Learning from Past Mistakes

Reflecting on the ANC’s recent history, Mokonyane acknowledges the party’s tarnished image due to economic stagnation, unemployment, and corruption scandals.

She concedes past mistakes, such as expanding infrastructure without adequate capacity enhancement, signaling a commitment to rectifying these errors.

Commitment to Victory

Asserting the ANC’s determination to retain power, Mokonyane declares the party’s readiness to fight and win, emphasizing the high stakes involved.

She acknowledges dissent towards the ANC’s continued governance but asserts the party’s resolve to overcome challenges.

Call for Legislative Framework

Siviwe Gwarube, Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance (DA), emphasizes the need for a legislative framework to ensure the stability of coalitions.

Gwarube highlights the systemic issues arising from failed coalitions, including service delivery deficiencies like water shortages and infrastructure failures.

Persistent Inequality and Challenges

Mokonyane acknowledges the persistence of socioeconomic challenges despite the ANC’s three decades in power.

With high unemployment rates, increasing crime, and income inequality, she underscores the daunting task of addressing these entrenched issues within a relatively short timeframe.

Potential Coalition Partners

Analysts speculate on potential coalition partners for the ANC, with parties like the DA and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) being considered.

However, the ANC’s stance on coalitions suggests a cautious approach, mindful of past challenges and the imperative to prioritize effective governance.