We are closer to a “pay-as-you-go” government than to a government of national unity (GNU). The idea of a GNU is just a ruse to dilute the perception of a previously unthinkable coalition between the ANC and the DA. Other parties will be there simply as props.

On Friday, the DA and the ANC reached a deal — just minutes before parliament met — to co-operate.  The co-operation so far and ultimately is about the re-election of Cyril Ramaphosa. The rest of the deal will be worked out on the fly. It's that typical South African myth of being able to fix a plane while flying it.  If the GNU works, it will be more by fluke than design...

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