Webinar: Revisiting coalitions: impact of the GNU on governance, intergovernmental relations and local government [30 July 2024]

The SARChl Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Development at the Dullah Omar Institute, in collaboration with the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office and the Hanns Seidel Foundation invites you to a webinar.
  • When 30 Jul, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Africa/Johannesburg / UTC200)
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Revisiting coalitions: impact of the GNU on governance, intergovernmental relations and local government

On 29 May 2024, South Africa held its national and provincial general elections, the most stiffly contested since 1994. No political party won a majority in the National Assembly and the provincial legislatures of Gauteng, Northern Cape and KwaZulu Natal, and alliances were formed between political parties to govern at the national level and in these three provinces. Following the elections, 11 parties joined the ‘Government of National Unity’ (GNU). The GNU’s Statement of Intent sets out a framework for how the parties will work together, including the formation of a government. This framework includes nine basic minimum programme priorities in which the parties commit to tackling unemployment, poverty and inequality; stabilising local government; professionalising the public service; and fighting crime and corruption, among other objectives. In this webinar, we will unpack the GNU’s potential impact on areas such as stable governance, public service delivery, intergovernmental relations, devolution of functions, and local government. We will also draw comparative lessons from other countries that have experienced a GNU.

Date: Tuesday, 30 July 2024

Time: 10h00 – 12h30 (SAST)

Moderator: Adv Mike Pothier, Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office


  • Prof Jaap de Visser: National Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law & Development, Dullah Omar Institute, UWC
  • Prof Joleen Steyn Kotze: Chief Research Specialist, Human Sciences Research Council
  • Mr Lukhona Mnguni: Acting Executive Director, Rivonia Circle
  • Dr Nonhlanhla Ngcobo: Lecturer, Faculty of Law, North-West University
  • Dr Conrad Bosire: Independent Consultant & former Chief of Staff in the Kenya Judiciary

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