IFP’s Velenkosini Hlabisa tipped to be second vice president in the GNU
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IFP’s Velenkosini Hlabisa tipped to be second vice president in the GNU

The talks also discuss the position of Speaker of the National Assembly, which will probably be held by DA.

Having two vice presidents would not be unheard of in South Africa. In 1994, former president FW de Klerk served as vice president alongside Thabo Mbeki during Nelson Mandela’s term.

The first meeting of the Parliament and provincial legislatures will be held on Friday, June 14.

The inauguration is planned for June 19.

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is expected to convene the first hearing. Once members of the National Assembly have been sworn in or made the required declaration, Zondo will preside over the election of the Speaker of the National Assembly.

According to News24, after the election of the Speaker, he will preside over the election of the deputy speaker. Zondo will then take over the election of the president.

A senior ANC member close to the negotiations said the party was working to be “as sympathetic as possible” to the other parties.

He said that while GNU principles were discussed behind closed doors, no names were discussed.

Asked for comment by News24 on Monday, Hlabisa said he could not talk because he was at an NEC meeting.

IFP Secretary-General Siphosethu Ngcobo referred News24 to national spokesman Liezl van der Merwe, whose phone went to voicemail.

Meanwhile, the District Attorney’s Federal Council also met on Monday, and insiders say it was a tense meeting.

The source said the party would have a weakened role in parliament if it entered a coalition or the GNU with the ANC.

DA leader John Steenhuisen made a strong case for participating in government and the meeting continuing on Tuesday had to be extended for logistical and travel reasons.

News24 understands that reducing the number of ministers could balance the scales, favoring the ANC. Said the source:

The plan is that even if DA disagrees with something, together with smaller parties they can get a majority, even though the MK Party and EFF are not part of the agreement, because they (ANC) will have 210, without DA, MK Party and EFF, which still gives them numbers.

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