WHAT is the supermajority in South Africa’s National Assembly?

Five parties in South Africa’s National Assembly (NA) have formed a supermajority. The African National Congress (ANC), Democratic Alliance (DA), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Patriotic Alliance (PA) and GOOD party. All have committed to the Government of National Unity (GNU), reports Business Tech.

According to TimesLive, this collaborative effort represents 273 seats out of 400 in the assembly (68%), the two-thirds needed to form a supermajority. The ANC commands the lion’s share at 159 seats, the DA 87, IFP 17 and PA and GOOD party the final 10. Collectively, what this supermajority means, is the GNU will be able to make changes to the country’s Constitution.


Out. EFF and MK form part of the self-proclaimed ‘opposition’ to the GNU’s supermajority. Image: File/Fotor

Interestingly, the ANC would have been able to hit the same supermajority target with an EFF and MK coalition. But, instead, chose not to align with the so-called ‘progressive bloc’. Furthermore, disgraced MK leader Jacob Zuma says he will ally to form an ‘official opposition’ to the GNU supermajority.

Moreover, all five parties in the GNU have committed to upholding certain principles and working towards common goals. Among its priorities, the GNU says it will focus on inclusive and sustainable economic growth, promotion of fixed capital investment, job creation, land reform and infrastructure development.


The Union Buildings in Pretoria will host President Ramaphosa’s inauguration today (Wednesday 19 June 2024). Image: File

As mentioned earlier, MK and EFF will oppose the GNU. Along with ATM, Al Jama-Ah, UDM, UAT and PAC they have formed a self-titled ‘opposition’. It remains to be seen where parties like ActionSA and Rise Mzansi, which performed below expectation at the 29 May polls, will align. So far they’ve said do not support the GNU nor the ‘progressive bloc’ and see themselves as an ‘unofficial opposition’ of sorts.

In a statement last week by the ANC, the party explained that the GNU supermajority will ensure representation in government and legislatures by all participating parties. It will make decisions by consensus, with mechanisms for conflict resolution where necessary. “The President will exercise the prerogative to appoint the Cabinet, in consultation with leaders of GNU parties, adhering to existing protocols on government decision-making and budgeting,” concluded the statement.


Why not have your say? Image: Duncan P Walker

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