Ex-leader Zuma’s party says it will join opposition in South Africa’s parliament


South Africa’s MK Party Joins Opposition Alliance to Challenge ANC-DA Coalition

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JOHANNESBURG, June 16 (Reuters) – South Africa’s uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) party announced on Sunday its decision to join an alliance of smaller opposition parties in parliament to challenge the ruling coalition of the African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The ANC, in power for the past 30 years, and the white-led, pro-business DA, agreed on Friday to form a coalition government termed a “government of national unity.” This coalition marks a significant shift in South African politics.

Two other smaller parties, the socially conservative Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and the right-wing Patriotic Alliance, are also part of this unity government.

The uMkhonto we Sizwe party, led by former president Jacob Zuma, made a strong showing in the May 29 election, securing 14.6% of the vote and 58 seats in the 400-seat National Assembly. Despite this success, MK lawmakers boycotted the first National Assembly session on Friday, filing a complaint alleging vote-rigging. The country’s top court dismissed this complaint as without merit.

Spokesperson Nhlamulo Ndhlela stated that the MK party will join the “Progressive Caucus,” an alliance that includes the Marxist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the center-left United Democratic Movement. This coalition commands nearly 30% of the seats in the National Assembly.

“This united effort is necessary because the 2024 election has also resulted in the consolidation of right-wing and reactionary forces who are opposed to economic freedom, radical economic transformation, racial equality, and land repossession,” Ndhlela said, accompanied by Zuma and leaders of several small parties.

Ndhlela added that the MK party decided to take up its seats in the National Assembly following legal advice and will continue to address its allegations of rigged elections in parliament and in the courts.

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