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Ramaphosa: We will not go into coalitions at any cost

Source: DailyMaverick

After a disastrous performance in recent local elections, ANC leaders returned to Soweto to thank voters and inform their supporters that they would not enter into a loose coalition agreement.

ANC leaders told supporters of the University of Johannesburg campus in Soweto on Monday that the party would be cautious about the coalition, while being hurt by the loss of support in the local elections. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa told a number of supporters Monday afternoon that the party would not go to any other party. 

"If we have to be opponents, we are opponents. We do not form a coalition at any cost," Lamaposa said with a big applause.  "We are not kneeling," he said. 

Ramaphosa, almost two hours behind the event, said the ANC wanted to sign a coalition agreement and the party remained open-minded. He said the ANC wanted to form a stable strategic coalition, not just an agreement. 

"We reveal that we don't want casual arrangements." 

He guaranteed supporters of the party's resilience, although some of the party's political opponents talked about the party's dangers. said. 

"You don't know us very well. We never leave the practice of the popular will. Our people spoke, "he said. 

Ramaphosa told his supporters that legislation would come into force if the coalition negotiations failed. He said the law should be applied if the parties are unable to form a credible government.

"People talked, but it wasn't that they didn't win, they performed poorly," Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Faith Mazibuko told Daily Maverick at the Soweto event.  She said there are many reasons why people abstained. From voting. 

"People are not happy with certain things. Some are not happy with the power situation in Soweto. Some say they are not happy with the R350 [emergency welfare]. Others are not happy with the food. I told us I was angry because I didn't receive the package, "Majibuko said. 

Ramaphosa was accompanied by state and national leaders such as NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane, ANC Women's League President Bathabile Dlamini, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, Gauteng Prime Minister David Makhura, and MEC Panyaza Lesufi for Provincial Education.  "We got out of the war and sweated," Mubarra said. 

He reminded his supporters that Lamaposa's presidency was in a difficult time due to the Covid 19 pandemic. 

Mazibuko said the ANC was hit hardest by the low turnout. She said the women's federation was very disappointed with the election results, as many women were on the PR list. 

"The ward was mostly male. Since then, most women have been nominated for PR lists. And low turnout automatically affects your PR list. As a result, you will not be able to get the 50/50 [sex ratio] discussed as ANC. I don't know, "Majibuko said.

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