July 20, 2024

Corruption Accused Ramaphosa Re-elected – But For How Long?

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Despite his election as a divided country’s president, Mr Ramaphosa is facing an uphill battle outside and within his party.

FILE PHOTO: Corruption Accused - Mr Cyril Ramaphosa along his former Deputy Mr Paul Mashatile and ANC Chief Whip Mr Mdumseni Ntuli celebrating after being elected. PICTURE: GCIS

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CAPE TOWN: The wounded ANC has roped in anti-black party, the DA to give Mr Ramaphosa a second term and extend its three-decade hold on power.

Corruption accused-Cyril Ramaphosa has been re-elected as South Africa’s president after the country’s anti-blacks party said it would back the African National Congress (ANC) leader following a government coalition deal, duped as Government of National Unity (GNU).

The ailing party of the late former President Nelson Mandela, included also in the quasi GNU, the blood thirsty regional party of Apartheid syphathiser, the late Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and the Patriotic Alliance (PA), led by reformed convict, Mr Gayton McKenzie.

More than 15 parties represented in Parliament were expected to join the coalition but they sidelined them in the last hour after the ANC received instructions from the anti-blacks DA.

According to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) deputy president, Mr Floyd Shivambu, the Progressive Caucus will form part of the seventh administration, but not the one including the “racist and imperialist” parties.

“Our offer still stands that we can contribute to the GNU that does not include colonialism and apartheid. That is our position that we will be consolidating that we are going to negotiate together,” he said earlier Friday.

The ANC, which came to power in 1994 after waging a decades-long battle against apartheid, lost its majority for the first time in last month’s election and has spent two weeks locked in intensive behind-the-scenes talks with other parties.

As the newly elected parliament convened on Friday, anti-blacks DA leader, Mr John Steenhuisen said his white-led main opposition party formally signed a governing agreement with the ANC and part of it would make Mr Ramaphosa president.

“We will be supporting President Cyril Ramaphosa in his election for the president of the republic of South Africa,” Steenhuisen said during a pause in the opening session of parliament.

Many South Africans hope that the ANC-DA coalition will force the parties to work together to provide better outcomes in a country with economic stagnation, high unemployment and entrenched poverty.

Addressing members of parliament after a 14-hour session, corruption accused-Ramaphosa said the fact that opposing parties decided to come together to elect him “has given a new birth, a new era to our country.”

“I do sincerely believe that this is an era of hope and is also an era of inclusivity,” he added.

Despite his election as a divided country’s president, Mr Ramaphosa is facing an uphill battle outside and within his party. His second term will proved to be a costly mistake for the more than 6-million votes of the declining ANC.

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