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Democratic Alliance needs 12 cupboard posts or no GNU deal – The Mail & Guardian

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Democratic Alliance (DA) chief John Steenhuisen. (Photograph by Chris McGrath/Getty Photos)

Because the nation awaits President Cyril Ramaphosa’s imminent announcement of his cupboard, it has emerged that the Democratic Alliance (DA) needs greater than twice the variety of positions he’s providing within the authorities of nationwide unity (GNU), led by the ANC.

Leaked correspondence between the 2 events reveals how far aside they had been Ramaphosa met DA chief John Steenhuisen on Monday, with the ANC providing six ministerial positions and the blue get together demanding 12.

In a letter dated 22 June, ANC secretary common Fikile Mbalula provided Steenhuisen six ministerial posts and 7 deputy ministerial positions. However this supply was rejected by DA federal council chair Helen Zille in one other checklist of the get together’s calls for, which was additionally clandestinely launched into the general public area on the sideline of the talks between South Africa’s two largest events.

Within the letter to the DA, Mbalula emphasised the ANC’s dedication to forming a unity authorities based mostly on “real inclusiveness” and “advancing the nationwide curiosity” according to the ideas outlined within the assertion of intent signed by the concerned events.

He stated the supply of ministerial positions was based mostly on “a good and affordable method of figuring out the variety of positions in cupboard that every get together could be appointed” according to clause 16 of the assertion of intent.

“We maintain the view that the illustration of events ought to be based mostly on the electoral mandate that they obtained, mirrored within the variety of seats they maintain in your complete Nationwide Meeting,” Mbalula stated, including that there have been “nonetheless a number of vital positions within the management of parliament” which the DA ought to think about as a part of the cooperation. 

“The supply of together with sure NCOP [National Council of Provinces] posts as a part of the GNU cooperation, together with NCOP deputy chairperson and different portfolios, are due to this fact a part of the proposals we wish to put ahead for consideration, however the ANC’s outright majority within the NCOP,” he stated within the letter.

“We welcome the truth that the assertion of intent has been signed by extra political events represented within the Nationwide Meeting. This growth enhances the standing of the federal government of nationwide unity. This speaks to the ideas of nationwide curiosity and inclusiveness which each of us help.”

He added that the ANC welcomed the shared understanding concerning the president’s prerogative to nominate members of the nationwide govt according to the structure and famous that the DA’s strategy to the illustration of events within the GNU was premised on the idea of strict proportionality based mostly on the members of the unity authorities.

Mbalula’s letter to Steenhuisen stated minister and deputy minister positions for the ANC, Inkatha Freedom Get together and smaller events could be decided after additional consultations.

The ANC additionally proposes integrating positions inside the Nationwide Council of Provinces as a part of the GNU cooperation, reflecting the ANC’s majority on this physique.

In response Zille outlined the get together’s situations for becoming a member of the GNU in a letter dated 23 June 2024, emphasising that the DA’s choice to affix the GNU hinged on its capability to impact substantial change and never merely occupy positions of energy.

Zille stated the DA’s proposed distribution of cupboard seats was a transparent and truthful technique to implement clause 16 of the assertion of intent.

“It’s apparent that the distribution of positions within the cupboard can solely begin with a consideration of the relative electoral measurement of the events collaborating in authorities. Governments, by definition, are made up of events collaborating in authorities. They don’t seem to be made up of events in opposition — that’s what parliament is for,” she stated.

Zille stated it was “solely truthful and affordable” for the DA to be represented throughout all cupboard clusters. This would come with the ministries of mineral assets and vitality, transport, and commerce and business. 

Zille stated her get together additionally sought to have its personal most popular candidates as deputy ministers in the identical ministries the place it could have ministers, besides within the finance ministry, the place the DA wished to have one in all its personal as a deputy minister to Enoch Godongwana.

Zille’s letter additionally requested that the place DA ministers had been appointed, present administrators common had been proven the door on the grounds that the incumbents might not work nicely with the incoming DA officers.

In a press release on Monday, the ANC expressed concern over some events making “outrageous calls for for particular cupboard positions” by the media.

“Negotiating by leaking calls for to the media is an act of unhealthy religion, and this apply won’t assist any get together’s trigger,” it stated, reiterating that the ultimate choice on cupboard appointments rests with Ramaphosa and stressing that the unity authorities should not be “held to ransom by any single get together.”

DA spokesperson Solly Malatsi couldn’t be reached for remark.


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