A political analysts say the DA, may have succeeded in taking control of one of SA’s major metros from the ruling party, it cannot shy away from the fact that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) made the winning possible.
The political analyst Elvis Masoga said on Tuesday that the DA should not be overwhelmed by its victory in metros of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape because it wouldn’t have been a success without the help of the EFF which has been mounting pressure on the ruling party since its emergence as a political party.
The Democratic Alliance got to the peak of all its achievements in the local election after it was declared winner of a crucial seat in the heart of the country, Johannesbugh as Herman Mashaba was announced the new mayor of the metropolis.
But Elvis Masoga who acknowledged their victory and growing popularity recently, warned the party to bace itself for various forms of mass mobilisation by the ANC, especially in those major motros.
“The DA must ready themselves for a climb on Kilimanjaro – the party is relatively inexperienced when it comes to handling mass mobilisation. When we talk about the ANC, we talk about a 104-year-old movement that has mastered the art of mass mobilisation over the years.”
The the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and other smaller parties supported the DA by voting for them at the inaugural sittings this week which gave room for the party to win in Johannesburg which had been under the control of the ANC for years.
Speaking to the Citizen, Masoga said the DA leaders seemed to be harbouring plots to reverse everything, including achievements made by their predecessors in the metros in question, an issue he said could cause much worry.
“They should actually build on the great achievements.
“I’m not sure if Herman Mashaba will emulate Parks Tau, who achieved so many positives while in office … I still have doubts about Mashaba’s capabilities, and his negative attitude towards poor people will also not help him.”
Another analyst, Professor Andre Duvenhage, reiterated that DA’s success in this week’s elections in Johannesburg was a big win for the EFF, especially to Julius Malema though it was the DA who is now in charge.
“Malema has for some time now been putting a lot of pressure on the ANC, particularly President Jacob Zuma, and so far he has outplayed them,” he said.
The ruling ANC got the worst of the hit this week as it not only lost its major metro, it also lost its councillor Nonhlanhla Mthembu who died after collapsing at the Johannesburg City Hall.
Mthembu was a Johannesburg councillor from 2011 until she died after “fainting” at the inaugural sitting. She was recently re-elected to serve for another five years. Mthembu was an ANC proportional representation councillor for Ward 119, which includes Naturena and Freedom Park.