South Africa’s main opposition democratic alliance (da), along with six other parties, have announced that they will hold talks to outline a pact that they hope will unseat the ANC from government at next year’s elections.

The seven opposition parties hoping to agree on a pact have said in a joint statement that the incumbent governing party is set to lose its majority when voters go to the polls next year.

The statement also stated that the coalition wants to present a united front that is stable, viable and effective and plans to meet for two days next month to hammer out a deal.

The group does not include the country’s third largest political force – the economic freedom fighters – which is to the left of the anc.

The ANC – the party that led the struggle against apartheid and in power for nearly three decades – has seen a gradual slide in its support in recent years.

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