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Malema Warns ANC Against Coalition with Apartheid-Era DA

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Jun 4, 2024

Malema Warns ANC: Beware Coalition with Apartheid-Era DA

South Africa's recent election has left the ruling African National Congress (ANC) facing a pivotal decision. With only 40% of the vote, the ANC must secure a coalition partner to govern effectively. However, one potential ally, the Democratic Alliance (DA), is seen as problematic due to its perceived ties to apartheid-era economic privileges.

The DA, which won 22% of the vote, has been criticized for its alleged defense of economic advantages held by the white minority during apartheid. ANC critics fear that partnering with the DA could reinforce inequalities. Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), warns against such a coalition, accusing the DA of upholding white supremacy.

While President Cyril Ramaphosa is open to coalition talks with the DA, significant policy differences, particularly regarding welfare and economic empowerment, pose challenges. The ANC's commitment to black economic empowerment policies clashes with the DA's free-market approach.

Alternatively, the ANC could ally with parties like the EFF, which represent the black majority. However, differences over land expropriation and constitutional amendments present hurdles to this option. Despite pressure, ANC chairman Gwede Mantashe emphasizes the non-negotiable nature of the party's empowerment policies, possibly ruling out a coalition with the DA.

As negotiations unfold, Malema's warning looms large, urging the ANC to tread carefully in forming alliances that could compromise its commitment to dismantling apartheid-era legacies.

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