MK Party President Jacob ZumaMK Party snubs coalition talks-Image Source@X

The MK Party, which is led by Former President Jacob Zuma, blue-ticks coalition talks that the ANC has asked for with other parties. The party has shared that they are not satisfied with the election results and accuse the IEC of rigging.

As coalition negotiations intensify among various parties, the African National Congress (ANC) has revealed that its efforts to engage the Umkhonto weSizwe Party (MKP) in coalition talks have been unsuccessful.

ANC Reveals that Coalition Talks Have Been Snubbed

In a media briefing about the outcomes of the ANC’s National Working Committee (NWC) meeting yesterday afternoon, spokesperson Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri confirmed that the MKP has rebuffed their overtures. “The national officials reported to the NWC that the ANC has repeatedly reached out to the MKP for an engagement meeting with no positive response. Our door remains open as we continue to reach out to every party that is keen to contribute positively to moving our country forward,” she stated.

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MK Party refuses Coalition talks
The MK Party snubs Coalition talks with ANC-Image Source@X

Following the election results, Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, daughter of former president Jacob Zuma, explicitly dismissed the possibility of a coalition with the ANC. She conveyed that her father was willing to collaborate with a black progressive party but not the ANC under President Cyril Ramaphosa’s leadership.

Striving for Unity

Bhengu-Motsiri emphasized that the ANC has been in discussions with all parties interested in forming a government that promotes national unity and stability. “The NWC met on June 4, 2024, two days after the election results were announced by the IEC, to receive a report from the national officials on the meetings held thus far with various political parties. These include meetings with delegations from the IFP, EFF, DA, NFP, and PA. The ANC has also engaged with its alliance partners, SACP, COSATU, and SANCO as part of the consultation process,” she elaborated.

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She acknowledged that the current political scenario has introduced uncertainties and risks. “Many democracies facing similar challenges of forming a government often experience months of uncertainty before reaching a resolution. The ANC remains dedicated to building a national consensus to prevent any instability,” Bhengu-Motsiri added. The ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) will formulate a clear plan for moving forward and will engage with the ANC, alliance members, civil society, and all South Africans on the immediate next steps and future plans,” she concluded.

By Letho

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