As the local government elections come closer, political parties have taken turns in their campaign rallies presenting party manifestos.
In the same spirit, former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi said he could not identify with either the African National Congress (ANC) or the Democratic Alliance (DA) because he saw no difference in their economic policies.
The former secretary revealed that he met with Mmusi Maimane in February to discuss polls in the run up to the local government elections and Maimane expressed interest in a possible coalition with the United Front, but DA spokesperson, Refiloe Ntshekhe says there’s no talk of a coalition and the party is confident it can win the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.
Report also has it that the DA was trying to woo Vavi as its deputy mayoral candidate in Nelson Mandela Bay but the former Cosatu secretary general said he is anti neo-liberalism and wouldn’t associate with political parties such as the DA.
He added that while he’s angry with the African National Congress (ANC), he would never consider teaming up with the DA.
“There is just no possibility that we can bury those disagreements because we are angry that there’s corruption and inefficiencies in government,” he said.
To vavi also, the DA and the United Front cannot unite because their party policies are just too different.
“It’s like water and oil, it will not mix and will be an odd alliance.”
For the ANC, Vavi said he sees no difference from its main opposition.
“The ANC and the DA, at an economic policy level, are the same thing. They also pursue neo-liberal programmes and they converge on their support of the micro-economic policies of the National Development Plan.”
The former Cosatu Secretary General however noted that surveys show that ANC supporters would rather vote for the United Front Union than to opt for any of the opposition parties.
Vavi says although the United Front isn’t a political party, there are plans to formalize one and there’s a possibility it could run in the upcoming municipal elections.
Meanwhile, the DA says it’s the party’s prerogative to meet with whoever they want, but denies there were talks of a coalition with Vavi.
Party leader Mmusi Maimane says they didn’t discuss a coalition as his party is confident it will secure 50 percent of votes in the areas it is eyeing.