Zuma’s two-thirds majority more than just a pipe dream

By Zukile Majova
Political Editor

Former president Jacob Zuma’s goal to secure a two-thirds majority for black political parties in Parliament is not exactly a pipe dream.

Poor communication between Zuma and his MK party has created an impression that Zuma thinks the five-month-old organisation can win by a two-thirds majority on its own.

Msholozi sees himself and his MK as the foundation of a new alliance of far-leftist organisations – the EFF, ATM, PAC and others – that seek to enforce the destruction of the apartheid system and its symbols.

The group also wants to put an end to the supposed ongoing protection of privileges that were enjoyed by the white minority during apartheid and continue to disadvantage the black majority.

These include the ownership of vast amounts of land by whites, the control of the economy and the means of production by whites, the ownership of the mines and the SA Reserve Bank.

Zuma’s vision is of a post-election agreement between black political parties to work together on parliamentary matters that require a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

A two-thirds majority means a collective vote of 66,7% in Parliament. As it is, black parties control over 75% of the vote in Parliament but do not club their votes together to force through some of these radical demands. 

The ANC in particular has defeated the Zuma-led faction in its ranks which called for the introduction of “radical economic transformation” proposals.

High on Zuma’s agenda is amending the Constitution to enforce land expropriation without compensation.

Zuma’s first ally is Julius Malema’s EFF. In a birthday message to Malema in March, Zuma reminded him that they needed to campaign harder to achieve the two-thirds majority.

“We must win with a two-thirds majority as a black majority in this country.”

Pre-election polls suggest the MK party and the EFF could collectively win 30% of the national vote.

But a two-thirds majority by any grouping remains impossible without the ANC.

Pictured above: Jacob Zuma. 

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