Disaster for Steenhuisen’s Moonshot Pact

An existential disaster is looming for John Steenhuisen’s “Moonshot Pact”, which the chief of the official opposition Democratic Alliance has mooted as the easiest way of ejecting the ANC/EFF alliance from Nationwide Governmental energy subsequent 12 months.

All of Steenhuisen’s proposed companions in what can be termed the Rainbow Coalition are rallying behind a special candidate to the DA’s nominee for as we speak’s vote for the Mayor of Johannesburg, South Africa’s richest Metro.

Motion SA chief Herman Mashaba, who initiated as we speak’s movement of no confidence within the since resigned ANC/EFF-appointed Mayor, tells BizNews his get together’s candidate Funzi Ngobeni has the help of the IFP, FF+, ACDP, UIM and, critically, the “kingmaking” Patriotic Alliance.

As issues stand, nevertheless, Steenhuisen’s Democratic Alliance has refused to affix its potential Moonshot Alliance companions, insisting on supporting its personal candidate, former Joburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse. Mashaba says that is irrational as it’s doomed to failure with out the opposite political events, notably the swing vote of the Patriotic Alliance. He says this exhibits the DA just isn’t actually critical about eradicating the ruling ANC from Johannesburg.

Motion SA issued a press release this morning which clarifies its place. It’s republished in full under. Additionally republished under is Steenhuisen’s newest weekly publication, distributed yesterday, explaining why the “Moonshot Pact” ought to be supported.

Former Coalition Companions Unite Behind Ngobeni for Joburg Mayor

From Motion SA

ActionSA can affirm that it has been holding engagements with the IFP, the FF Plus, the ACDP and the UIM to find out the viability of rallying round a Mayoral Candidate that may stabilise governance for the advantage of all residents in Johannesburg.

Within the wake of the DA’s unilateral announcement of Mpho Phalatse’s candidature, these events have engaged on this course of due to their dedication to governance stability, service supply and combatting corruption – all of which can not succeed with the ANC and EFF in authorities.

ActionSA is happy to report that following appreciable engagement, our Johannesburg Caucus Chief, Funzi Ngobeni might be nominated because the candidate to be supported by these events. We specific our humble appreciation to our companions for his or her confidence. There have additionally been engagements with different events represented within the Johannesburg council, a lot of whom see the advantage in a coalition that’s led by a celebration apart from the ANC or the DA.

Ngobeni (48) is the ActionSA Gauteng Provincial Chairperson and has served within the Johannesburg Mayoral Committee of two administrations in 2016 and 2021 phrases of workplace. He has served as MMC for Finance, MMC Growth Planning and an MMC Transport in addition to the Chief of Govt Enterprise. Ngobeni has each public sector and personal sector expertise and holds a publish graduate diploma in public administration. Importantly, particularly given current coalition historical past, he has confirmed to be a pacesetter with the temperament to stabilise a coalition and that is undoubtedly a key consideration within the help of our companions.

Yesterday, ActionSA wrote to the DA on behalf of this collective of events and requested an pressing engagement to hunt the DA’s help for Ngobeni’s candidature for the mayoralty in Johannesburg. The case was made for the truth that Ngobeni may obtain a majority in council with the help of the DA, one thing that Phalatse can not obtain (even with our collective help) due to the breakdown of relationships between the DA and different events in council.

The DA refused the chance to satisfy responding solely to persist of their unilateral nomination of Phalatse regardless of this solely growing the chance of an ANC and EFF authorities in Johannesburg – the said goal of the moonshot pact to forestall.

ActionSA is proud to face amongst events which have confirmed their unequivocal dedication to offering an alternative choice to the ANC and EFF in Johannesburg in addition to within the 2024 elections. These events have confirmed that they won’t shrink back from this dedication and nor will we be selective by way of once they select to dwell as much as it.

Cities like Johannesburg with advanced challenges can’t be mounted within the opposition benches and that is why these events will work collectively as we speak in Johannesburg and is prepared to work with different events to maintain the ANC and EFF out of presidency.

Why you must again the Moonshot Pact

By John Steenhuisen

Whereas ‘moonshot’ initially meant “lengthy shot”, it’s more and more getting used to explain a monumental effort and a lofty purpose—in different phrases, a “big leap”.   Merriam Webster Dictionary

It at all times appears inconceivable till it’s accomplished.  Nelson Mandela

There will be little question that the 2024 nationwide election is make or break for South Africa. On Thursday, Freedom Day, we celebrated the primary democratic election of 27 April 1994, when South Africa achieved political freedom for all.

Three a long time on, political freedom for all has didn’t translate to financial freedom for all. As a substitute, each day brings extra poverty as crime, corruption, residing prices, unemployment, and debt proceed to soar unchecked. How can we rejoice Staff Day as we speak when unemployment stands at 40% and youth unemployment at 60%?

The 2024 election could also be our final probability to make use of democracy – political freedom for all – to attain South Africa’s essential second transition, to being a rustic of financial freedom for all as envisaged by the Structure.

By the subsequent nationwide and provincial election in 2029, even when our democracy remains to be intact – don’t depend on it – there might be loads much less to save lots of on the charge that infrastructure and establishments are crumbling, and expertise and capital fleeing South Africa.

Coalition nation

In 2024, South Africa will correctly enter a coalition period. It’s extremely unlikely the ANC will win outright help nationally or in Gauteng and KZN, the 2 most populous provinces. Polls have already got ANC help at or under 50% nationally and much decrease in Gauteng and KZN. And it’ll proceed to fall as high-stage loadshedding, a direct results of ANC corruption and incompetence, continues unabated.

Doomsday Coalition

All indications are that the ANC will kind a coalition with the EFF to attempt keep in energy. They’ve already accomplished this in Gauteng, to take again Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni metros from the DA-led coalitions that fashioned after the 2021 native election. Current statements by ANC Secretary Common Fikile Mbalula and Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi affirm that an ANC-EFF coalition is on the playing cards nationally too.

Make no mistake: this might be a calamitous final result for South Africa. The EFF will insist on a socialist agenda of expropriation with out compensation and larger state possession of the financial system, resulting in mass disinvestment and much more corruption and poverty.

This can speed up our slide to state failure, a scenario which is extraordinarily arduous to reverse, as seen by the Zimbabwean predicament of financial stagnation, rigged elections and opposition oppression. It could really be a Doomsday Coalition, destroying just about all hope of financial freedom for all.

Moonshot Pact

The DA has dedicated to forming a Moonshot Pact with all like-minded non-ANC-EFF opposition events and groupings in society who share our dedication to constructing the fashionable and mature constitutional democracy required to deliver financial freedom to all.

The intention of the Moonshot Pact is to deliver the mixed ANC-EFF vote share under 50% within the 2024 nationwide election and for the Pact companions collectively to get the 50% plus one required to kind a Pact authorities. Seven like-minded opposition events have up to now indicated a willingness to attend a nationwide conference in June, to formulate our provide to South Africa and agree on our working relationship.

By coming collectively to kind a pre-election coalition, we’ll provide voters a reputable path to energy for our reformist government-in-waiting, and due to this fact hope for a affluent future.

Clear binary

In 2024, voters can have a transparent two-way alternative between an ANC-EFF Doomsday Coalition and a DA-led Moonshot Pact. A transparent alternative between state-led improvement, race-based insurance policies, corruption and cadre deployment on the one hand, and a market financial system, nonracialism, and an sincere, succesful state on the opposite. 2024 might be a two-horse race that now we have a practical probability of profitable, due to this readability of alternative.

Materials penalties

The fabric penalties of this binary alternative are already evident within the widening hole between governing outcomes in ANC-run areas versus DA-run areas (such because the Western Cape, Cape City, Midvaal, Kouga and uMngeni).

Essentially the most compelling instance is new job creation. StatsSA’s not too long ago reported that within the interval October to December 2022, 98% of all new jobs had been created within the Western Cape, whereas the eight ANC-run provinces collectively contributed a internet whole of simply 2%. Beneath a Pact authorities, the entire nation will expertise the type of job creation at present solely occurring within the DA-run Western Cape.


The Moonshot Pact will solely work between events that every one genuinely share a dedication to place South Africa first. It is not going to work with opportunistic events which might be at present propping up municipalities like Johannesburg, open to the best bidder. Solely these events that act in good religion can construct the secure Pact essential to win the belief and confidence of voters. The politics of bribery and extortion is a dead-end road that can undermine service supply and public confidence in coalitions.

All political events additionally due to this fact have a binary alternative: both they stand with the Pact or they stand with the Doomsday Coalition. Any get together open to the best bidder and making an attempt to play one aspect off in opposition to the opposite just isn’t really dedicated and can solely harm the Pact’s prospects in the long term.

DA anchor

The DA’s twin mission now’s on the one hand to make sure a profitable Pact by constructing widespread help for it and treating our Pact companions with respect and diplomacy; and on the opposite to develop our get together in order that the DA will be the sturdy and secure anchor that can make sure the Pact turns into a viable coalition authorities with out the instability now we have seen in some locations.


The Moonshot Pact provides South Africa the very best probability of fulfilling the South African Structure’s imaginative and prescient of political and financial freedom for all. The 2024 election is our greatest and maybe solely probability to save lots of South Africa. Everybody who needs South Africa to be a affluent, fashionable liberal democracy ought to get behind the DA and the Moonshot Pact.

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