National 10.8.2016 07:23 am

DA denies that it’s ‘giving’ Tshwane to the EFF

DA leader Mmusi Maimane with James Selfe at the IEC centre during the counting of the votes after the local government elections on August 04, 2016 in Pretoria. The 2016 IEC local government elections were the most highly contested elections with a record 26 million people registered to vote. Picture: Gallo Images

DA leader Mmusi Maimane with James Selfe at the IEC centre during the counting of the votes after the local government elections on August 04, 2016 in Pretoria. The 2016 IEC local government elections were the most highly contested elections with a record 26 million people registered to vote. Picture: Gallo Images

The party on Tuesday dismissed ‘ANC-inspired rumours’ that any coalition agreements had been reached, saying negotiations were ongoing.

“This includes Luthuli House’s desperate spin that the DA was horse-trading control of metros. These are the last kicks of a dying horse, desperate to cling on to power using misinformation,” chairperson of the DA’s federal executive James Selfe said in a statement late on Tuesday night.

This was perhaps in reference to a report on News24 that the DA had offered to give control of the capital, Tshwane, and the mayoral position of the city to the EFF in return for control of the economic heartland of the country, Johannesburg. It was also reported that EFF leader Julius Malema had been “summoned” to speak to the ANC about going into coalitions with the ANC instead.

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“The DA will continue with its negotiations in earnest with the clear objective of putting together governments that give effect to the majority of the electorates’ rejection of the ANC and its management of local government.”

He said this would require establishing “workable, well-governed municipalities and metros” that would create jobs as well as deliver services and bring corruption to a stop.

“DA-led governments will do this by making use of the pool of skills and talent that already exist in many of the existing administrations,” he said.

“There will be no ‘purging’ of staff — every person who works hard, in the best interests of the people, and is qualified to do the job, will be welcome. Indeed, positions are not awarded on the basis of political allegiances in DA-run towns and cities.”

Selfe said that the electorate gave political parties a “clear mandate” to form a government that would give effect to change by “kicking out the ANC which has failed them by putting corruption first and services last”.

He said the DA would continue with negotiations in the spirit of the mandate.

On Tuesday morning, speaking at the DA’s ‘Thank you Tshwane’ Rally held at Freedom Park, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the party was still talking with other parties to form a coalition. He said the DA would not compromise their values and would only form a coalition with people who supported their vision.

“If you agree with us that we must deliver for poor people; if you agree with us that we can’t stand for corruption; if you agree with us that we must be a nonracial movement; if you agree with us that we can’t hire bo chomi (friends) in the municipality; if you agree that South Africa is for blacks, coloured, Indians and whites, I’m writing to you so that you can come and we govern,” Maimane said at the time.

“If you don’t agree with us we won’t compromise because we are not desperate to govern. We want to be a party that benefits the people.”

Maimane told supporters that the DA did not intend to work with the African National Congress (ANC) because the ruling party divided people on the basis of race and were corrupt.

The parties had 14 days to form a governing coalition. If there are no agreements with the given days, the constitution provides provincial and national authorities to intervene.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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