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Monday, March 13, 2006

The Cape Merry-go-round
The latest from the party negotiations from Cape Town is that the ANC has reportedly struck a deal with the ID and smaller parties to get them over the 106 seats required for majority. This was reported by the SABC, so I do have some doubts over bias, but I'm sure a clearer picture will emerge today.

This would be the bitterest pill for the DA, who at present are feigning absolute ignorance. An ANC majority in the Cape would cement eternal battle lines between the ID and the DA, and would be a terrible blow for the DA's recent election euphoria. Personally, I think it would be a terrible move by the ID, who in the next few years would undoubtedly be swallowed up by the ANC monolith. De Lille's voice would be sidelined and overshadowed, and the ANC would claim another opposition scalp.