South Africa’s President Unveils New Coalition Government

South Africa’s President has announced the formation of a new coalition government following the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party’s loss of parliamentary majority in May’s elections. The President described the government of national unity as unprecedented in the country’s democratic history. Out of the 32 cabinet posts, the ANC will hold 20, while the Democratic Alliance (DA), formerly the main opposition party, will have six. The remaining six portfolios will be shared among smaller parties.

The ANC’s declining support in the elections reflected public dissatisfaction with its performance in delivering basic services, addressing unemployment, poverty, and corruption. Since 1994, when the ANC, under the leadership of Nelson Mandela, ended white-minority rule, the party had governed South Africa independently. In the new cabinet, the ANC will retain key ministries such as defense, finance, and foreign affairs. The DA will oversee portfolios including home affairs and public works, with party leader John Steenhuisen leading the agriculture ministry.

During a televised speech, President Ramaphosa emphasized the incoming government’s focus on rapid, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, as well as the creation of a more just society. The ANC welcomed the coalition government as an important step forward and a testament to the resilience of South Africa’s democracy. The DA expressed pride in assuming a role in the national government for the first time, pledging good governance, zero tolerance for corruption, and pragmatic policy-making.

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