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For two days, National Freedom Party president Irvin Barnes kept the country guessing as to what his provincial kingmaker party would decide, vacillating between the ANC's proposed government of national unity (GNU) and its polar opposite, former president Jacob Zuma's MK Party. 

Barnes had eleventh-hour meetings with Zuma and his negotiators and then with IFP provincial chairperson Thami Ntuli, whose party is part of the GNU.

Everyone on either side of the GNU wanted to know what the NFP, which holds the crucial single seat in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, would do.

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