A shocking revelation has been made by former General Secretary of Cosatu Zwelinzima Vavi confirming that he was approached by the Democratic Alliance (DA) with the idea of forming a coalition to wrest power from the ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay.
According to his statement on Twitter, he had referred the DA to United Front leaders in the metro.
“Yes it’s true DA came to me looking for a possibility of a coalition Govt. I referred them to the UF leaders in the NMM‚” Vavi revealed on Twitter.
It was reported on Sunday that DA’s Mmusi Maimane was trying to woo Vavi as part of the official opposition party’s intensified bid to wrest Nelson Mandela Bay metro from the ANC during the forthcoming local government elections.
Reports reveal that Mmusi Maimane and Zwelinzima Vavi had a meeting on February 1 to discuss forming a coalition government to beat the ruling party in the highly contested Eastern Cape municipality in case the ANC fails to win an outright majority there.
According to reports, Maimane‚ Vavi and a former ANC mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay‚ Zanoxolo Wayile were in attendance, while the General Secretary of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa Irvin Jim, could not make it.
The DA presented a juicy offer to Vavi by promising him the post of deputy mayor if they succeed in the plans to reduce the ANC’s majority to under 50% on August 3.
Vavi tweeted on Sunday that “2015 polls in NMM shows ANC will win 43%‚ DA 37% & a not launched United Front could get up to 34%. There will be a coalition Govt there‚” he revealed in another tweet.