National 10.8.2016 01:59 pm

DA may be on the cusp of power

DA leader Mmusi Maimane with the Chairperson of the DA Federal Executive, James Selfe during a media briefing on the findings of the Farlam Commission report on Marikana on June 28, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Picture: Gallo Images

DA leader Mmusi Maimane with the Chairperson of the DA Federal Executive, James Selfe during a media briefing on the findings of the Farlam Commission report on Marikana on June 28, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Picture: Gallo Images

The party’s executive chairperson may be close to thrashing out a deal for the DA and other parties to control Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.

According to a report on News24 and an interview on Radio 702, DA federal executive chairperson James Selfe has travelled to Johannesburg for meetings that may determine the fate of the Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay metros.

Only Selfe apparently has the power to speak to the media about his party’s coalition plans and it is not releasing media statements. However, veteran political reporter Carien du Plessis claims a source in the DA told her that the DA and EFF were looking to work together and the former would even include the latter in Nelson Mandela Bay even though the EFF’s seats were not strictly required. This was apparently to ensure the goodwill of the EFF.

Many of the country’s 27 hung municipalities are said to be subject to a possible EFF-DA deal.

Selfe confirmed to Radio 702 that he was to have three meetings on Wednesday with many of the political parties needed in possible coalitions. He said the DA was looking to “accommodate” the EFF on some of its “ideological issues”,  such as the expropriation of land.

He said the EFF, United Front, United Democratic Movement and Cope list of demands was being looked at for “points of departure”.

The DA on Tuesday dismissed “ANC-inspired rumours” that any coalition agreements had yet 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,” Selfe said in a statement late on Tuesday night, ANA reported.

This was 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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