Aunty Pat enters the Government of National Unity

By Zukile Majova

Patricia de Lille’s GOOD party has become the fifth party to join the ANC-led Government of National Unity.

De Lille, who was already inside President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government as the minister of tourism, is no surprise addition to the GNU.

She joins the ANC, DA, IFP, and Patriotic Alliance who have signed the GNU’s statement of intent.

The group represents 273 seats in the National Assembly or 68% of the House and the ANC said it was still in discussion with other parties to get on board.

“The ANC once again takes this opportunity to invite political parties who resolved to define themselves outside this effort to reconsider and join the GNU,” said the party on Monday.

“The results of the 2024 elections, where the ANC secured 40% of the national vote and faced challenges in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, necessitated cooperation with other parties to advance our transformative agenda.”

Beyond building a stable democracy, the party said the GNU would also be used to foster nation-building, social cohesion, and unity in diversity in the country.

The GNU partners are expected to work together in provinces and in hung municipalities where the ANC previously ruled with the EFF.

“The GNU will ensure representation in government and legislatures by all participating parties, making decisions by consensus, with mechanisms for conflict resolution where necessary.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to consult the GNU partners in the coming days to inform his decisions when putting together his cabinet.

Affectionately known as Aunty Pat, De Lille has been credited with saving Mzansi’s tourism and hospitality industry after the Covid-19 lockdown regulations and extreme load shedding.

Stats SA said in April 2024, around 2.4-million visitors entered and exited South Africa with over 96% of tourists saying they were in the country for holiday purposes.

Pictured above: Patricia de Lille. 

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