Ramaphosa meets Mbeki about ANC’s poor performance in poll

They said Mbeki was concerned by Ramaphosa’s attitude towards his request for a meeting.

Thabo Mbeki Foundation spokesperson Siyabulela Gebe refused to comment. A presidency spokesperson could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.

After 30 years of governing, the ANC was dealt a blow when it lost two of its key provinces, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, and its majority in the country.

The president and his allies are facing a fierce battle at the NEC meeting on Thursday, with many seemingly not buying into a coalition agreement with the DA. This cohort includes party chair Gwede Mantashe and deputy president Paul Mashatile, insiders said.

Sunday Times reported this week that the ANC had decided the formation of a government of national unity (GNU) should be the first offer to parties willing to enter into an agreement with it.

The GNU option is perceived as an attempt by the ANC to manage the process of forming a government and avoid the backlash that would come with choosing between the DA and the MK party and EFF.

TimesLIVE reported that the ANC presented different models to the DA when the two parties met on Monday, one of which was a “supply and confidence agreement” modelled on Canada’s minority government formation. 


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