ANC, NFP to hold coalition talks

2011-05-23 13:06

Durban - The ANC and the National Freedom Party will hold coalition talks on Monday afternoon in Durban, the NFP leader said.

"Our delegation is going to have a meeting with the ANC delegation in Durban this afternoon. The ANC has formally approached us to discuss this issue [forming of a coalition]," said NFP leader, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi.

The May 18 local government elections resulted in 19 hung municipalities, the situation which forces political parties to form coalitions.

The NFP, which won Edumbe Municipality outright and gained the majority vote in Nongoma, is expected to act as a king maker in a number of hung municipalities.

Magwaza-Msibi said her party had not been formally approached by its arch rival, the Inkatha Freedom Party. The NFP was formed mainly by disgruntled IFP members who left the party after a serious fallout caused by a leadership race.

Political commentators argue it is unlikely the NFP will form a pact with IFP. However Magwaza-Msibi said her party was prepared to negotiate with any party.

IFP hasn’t approached NFP

"The IFP has not approached us formally. We have been getting calls from individuals who are members of the IFP requesting us to consider forming a coalition with their party," she said.

Of the 19 hung municipalities, the ANC has a majority in 14 municipalities, the IFP in four and the NFP in Nongama Municipality. If the ANC and NFP form a pact, the IFP will be left with only Ulundi and Umsinga municipalities.

Magwaza-Msibi said her party was prepared to work with any party, stressing that no deal had been struck yet with the ANC.

Before the elections, the NFP was accused by the IFP of being an ANC project, the accusation that the party vehemently dismissed.

ANC provincial secretary, Sihle Zikalala, said engagements were taking place between the ANC and other political parties.

"There are parties that have shown interest and the engagements will take place. We are not hostile to any party," he said.

The ANC would form a pact with any party that had a serious interest in serving people. Zikalala said his party would announce the names of its councillors next week.

The ANC won the majority of municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal.

  • daaivark - 2011-05-23 13:18

    This is like cutting off one's nose to spite one's face. Really silly. One assumes that the aim of the smaller parties was essentially to break the huge majority of the ANC. But here, because of their silly leadership spat with the IFP, they go and court a coalition with the ANC, defeating the object of the exercise. Oh my. Not very bright.

      saabnut - 2011-05-23 13:37

      Political prostitutes, someone called them the other day. Then again, you get a lot further on the ANC gravy train than on the DA's one...

      ehlonyane - 2011-05-23 13:58

      Stupid comment daaivark. ID was formed for the same purposes but they decided to form coalition with DA. I don't remember you being so bright to comment about that.

      daaivark - 2011-05-23 14:15

      @ehlonyane: Ahem. That took place LOONG before the election, and with respect, the intention was to reduce the dofference between the ANC and the opposition, so although I do not support the DA, a coalition with the DA makes strategic political sense, whereas coalition with the ruling party does nothing of the kind. Your insult is unfounded. Perhaps you need to think a little more clearly before you use words.

      Andrew van Dijk - 2011-05-23 14:22

      Coalitions are a violation of our basic constitutional rights. If you didnt vote for a party they should not get the benefit of your vote from an opposition party. It doesnt matter who the party is. As far as I am concerned they let people think they are not voting for the ANC and then do a 360 and join forces with the ANC (or other parties). They should not be allowed to do this, and if they do, they should be fined, and or be held accountable to the 1000's who now suffer as a result of their actions.

      daaivark - 2011-05-23 14:31

      Andrew... Sure. FOrmally I agree, but that does not really help the nation out of a hole. In reality, coalitions have worked well in many countries, to contain a strong party's excesses. Surely that is desirable?

  • ANCBlackAngel - 2011-05-23 13:22

    This was the plan all along...Zanele Magwaza-Msibi is the property of the ANC and her masters are calling and she must answer...The ANC owns this young lady and now she must come back home....

      thetruth - 2011-05-23 13:35

      @ANCBlackAngel u talk with a forked tongue...what about madam and EVE...2 blinded tea ladies bowing down to their MADAM

      Felix - 2011-05-23 14:00

      Although Tsheps is a crazy troll, there were rumours that the split was funded by the anc. - 2011-05-23 14:01

      You stink.

      grimbie1 - 2011-05-23 14:03

      Bud seriously ... master, slave madams and masters.. its like youre stuck in a computer game.. seriously are you educated at all or just plain brainwashed or do you not have a brain to brainwash. look at the world and whats going on. Would you ever see Barack acting like you or even how the ANC act. Come on guys get in touch with the world not just south africa.

  • Gnefdt - 2011-05-23 13:23

    Any coalition is wrong! If you vote for one party because you disagree with another party's views and a coalition is then formed... Seems like the whole voting system is flawed, so what is the point??

      thetruth - 2011-05-23 13:38

      @ Gnefdt didn't hear u whining about coalitions when the DA won the W CAPE municipal elections in 2006 with a coalition,and they could not do without one now...its just sour grapes on u'r part

      changeisGood - 2011-05-23 13:43

      I agree with you, very valid point indeed.

      Thunukenenxe - 2011-05-23 13:51

      These 19 municipalities they r talking about were won by less than 51%, they have to make coalition to get a mijority.

      daaivark - 2011-05-23 14:17

      Right or wrong is not the point. In politics these things are very murky. But coalitions are a necessary "evil" if one is to try to buck a large majority. It stands to reason.

  • brett.macdonald1 - 2011-05-23 13:30

    Well, since the ANC financed the break-away NFP in order to split the IFP and have a 'satellite party' under it's own control, what's surprising by this?

      Monde - 2011-05-23 13:34

      where do you get this info from pal, horse manure!

      thetruth - 2011-05-23 13:42

      @ brett.macdonald1 u'r in a real democracy now(are u surprised by the freedoms ppl have now) in a democracy,coalitions can be democratically chosen...LIKE THE DA DID IN THE W CAPE...sorry 4 u that APARTHEID is over

  • MaanDonkie - 2011-05-23 13:40

    Politics at its best....a whole lot of BULL SH$T!!!

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-05-23 13:42

    How to sell out the ones that voted for you 101. If they had wanted to vote for the ANC they would have done so in the first place you lying biatch. This is right down there with "floor crossing".

  • watalife - 2011-05-23 13:42

    Very worrying times for the ANC if they must form a coalition? I smell a big fat Rat.Mmmmmmm.....

  • Zakhele - 2011-05-23 13:51

    The deal sound like having s*x with the wife of a old rival. I can imagine Liverpool fans bedding Man united fans in celebration of the Man U 19th title.

  • Zakhele - 2011-05-23 13:57

    And....................Zanele has been promised to be the Premier of KZN in 2014 in return. Once again there goes the ANC succession planning in disarray.

  • Yoda - 2011-05-23 13:58

    cattle trading at its best, no surprise...clutching at straws

  • Born To Fish - 2011-05-23 14:02

    So the NFP's first act is to back stab the people who voted for them.....NICE!!!! More support for the DA in the next elections....

  • CraigColinRoyMcLeod - 2011-05-23 14:21

    The plan is simple who ever offers the most gravy gets the NFP votes. Viva Collapse.

  • IceMan - 2011-05-23 14:22

    its who will pay me more / give me more power / better posts .... NFP also wants Range Rover Sport

  • - 2011-05-23 14:32

    Birds of a feather...............same IQ.

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  • Muzi - 2011-05-23 15:15

    This is a no brainer.... In CT, ANC must 4get about a coallition with its breakaway party (COPE) because it will never work. The people will suffer as the two will never agree on anything. In KZN as well, IFP should not try to shine on NFP's shine. Let the IFP rest in peace and NFP must associate itself with a party that ENDURED for 99 years 5 months and counting, not a party that died in 1994. All enthnic based parties must die (FF+, IFP, NNP, UDM, COPE, etc.)

  • Jeff - 2011-05-23 15:19

    Seems comments focus on ANC coalition talks, people must take time to read about coalition debates in all spheres to understand the position of all political parties [before making silly comments abount ANC. DA, COPE, UDM, NFP, IFP and other small parties are all locked in negotiations, the agenda is coalition, why people are concerned about the ANC when embarking on the same talks. Remember principles on Coalition outcomes is the policy position of individual parties, not like Helen Zille's DA which formed coalition in 2006 simply to gain power and neglect others alond the way in governing Western Cape!

  • sainsaudi - 2011-05-24 05:30

    Any party forming a coalition with the ANC is not doing so for good governance sake. There must be something in it for that party besides doing what is good for the people of whichever municipality. If the NFP does form a coalition with the ANC, then it proves that it was formed to split the vote against the ANC. If they decide to join the opposition then it shows that they are genuinely interested in doing the right thing for the people of the area. South African political history is characterised by coalitions, so forming coalitions is not new. Anyway, the ANC/Tripartite Alliance is in itself a coalition, albeit one of some very disparate ideological and illogical, in all senses of the word, forces.Let's hope that intelligence wins the day and the NFP chooses to oppose the ANC and prove its worth as a political party and not be a stooge.

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