June 21, 2024

IFP president appoints his deputy to intervene in the ongoing public spat between DA and ANC

IFP President Velenkosini Hlabisa has tasked Prince Mzamo Dlamini to intervene over GNU issue

In an effort to try and resolve the ongoing beef between DA, PA and the ANC over the Government of National (GNU), IFP President Velenkosini Hlabisa has asked this deputy, Inkosi Mzamo Buthelezi to intervene.


Hlabisa said that they have noted the on-going public disagreements between the ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula and the DA chairperson Helen Zille over clause 24 of GNU statement of intent. "The IFP has tasked the IFP's coalition negotiations task team, led by its Deputy President, Inkosi Mzamo Buthelezi to engage with both parties. We are of the opinion that there is an urgent need to iron out the differences through a joint meeting by the members of the GNU. We do not believe that the current situation is a crisis. It is necessary teething problems for a new GNU dispensation," he said.


Hlabisa said that GNU is a coalition government. "One of the elements for a successful coalition government is that whenever there are differences of opinions, there must be joint engagement by GNU partners in order to find common ground in order to speak with one voice. Constant engagement will remain the only way to strengthen the foundations for the current and future coalition government arrangements," Lately Zille has been vocal about her party not happy about the ANC's approval of the Patriotic Alliance (PA) to join the GNU. Zille even said that it was entirely the decision of the ANC alone to approve the parties that must join the GNU. "More difficult issues and questions will arise in the next five years. But the solution will be how the GNU partners rise to meet these challenges and iron them out amicably. The IFP, as a responsible GNU partner, is committed to playing an active role in order to ensure that we always reach common ground in order to take our country forward," he said.

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