The Democratic Alliance (DA), South Africa’s primary opposition party, is convening a national convention centred on coalition governments this week. The convention’s purpose is to bring together approximately seven parties to explore the possibility of forming a strategic pact, referred to as a “moonshot pact,” with the potential to challenge the ruling African National Congress (ANC) if the ANC fails to secure more than 50% of the vote in the 2024 general elections as reported by Eyewitness News.
In a symbolic gesture, the DA has chosen Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park as the convention venue. This location holds historical significance, as it previously hosted gatherings involving various entities such as the apartheid government, Bantustan leaders, and the ANC during South Africa’s transition to democracy.
The Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (Isanco) is the most recent addition among the participating parties. Isanco emerged as a distinct entity from the ANC-aligned South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco). Their presence indicates a growing interest in collaborative discussions among parties in preparation for the national polls in 2024.
The central objective of these parties is to establish a pre-election agreement that could potentially lead to the displacement of the ANC from power if it fails to secure a majority voter share exceeding 50%.
Notably, concerns have been expressed within the dialogue about the prospect of a grand coalition forming between the DA and the ANC. The DA and the ANC have publicly affirmed that they are not engaged in such discussions.
Several parties participating in the multi-party dialogue have voiced the requirement for the DA to refrain from engaging in talks with the ANC following the election outcomes.
The convention is scheduled to transpire throughout Wednesday and Thursday, underscoring the significance and urgency of these discussions in the political landscape.
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