At last, the Democratic Alliance’s coalition ship has sailed through the claws of defeat following agreements with a number of smaller political parties to govern hung municipalities.
Speaking to reporters in Johannesburg on Wednesday afternoon, DA leader Mmusi Maimane announced that the COPE, UDM, ACDP, Freedom Front Plus and IFP have agreed to form a coalition with the DA.
The DA needs a coalition to govern key metros like Tshwane; Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay; after it failed to win an outright majority at the local government elections.
In addition to the party’s ‘new brides’, the opposition party also has the back of the Economic Freedom Fighters in the three hung municipalities.
EFF Promises To Support DA In Hung Municipalities
During a briefing in Alexandra today, the EFF re-emphasized that it won’t form a coalition with either the DA or the ANC; but promised to fully support the DA in Tshwane; Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay – throwing aside its biggest enemy, the ANC.
In response to EFF’s promise, Maimane said: “It’s quite clear that we would never agree on ideological issues … that’s why democracy allows for both parties to exist …. There is no coalition agreement between us and the EFF. I welcome the fact that they say they will vote for us. We will be able to form governments in Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.”
On the coalition agreement, the blue-colour party leader said South Africans’ welfare largely formed part of the agreement. He also promised to retain municipal staff in DA-run cities.
Meanwhile, reports from ANC’s media desk says the ruling party has reached an agreement with the ANC in the Ekurhuleni metro – the ANC needs the AIC’s four seats to govern in the area.
This is the first time major coalition politics is at play in South African history. And without mincing words, South Africa’s second largest party – the DA, seems to have prepared itself to wrest control of key metros from the hands of the ruling ANC government.