National 15.8.2016 07:00 am

DA-EFF coalition still on the cards

Julius Malema. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Julius Malema. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Coalition talks between the unlikely bedfellows are continuing in earnest, the DA has said.

The possibility of the DA and EFF working together beyond the coalition talks cannot be ruled out, the official opposition’s federal executive chairperson James Selfe said yesterday.

Following the recent local government elections, coalition discussions are continuing in earnest. While some people have raised doubts about the DA working with the EFF, Selfe said anything was possible.

“People can expect an announcement this week following the coalition talks we had with the EFF last week.

“The EFF invited us for talks and we have since responded.

“But I am not at liberty to reveal the contents of our response to them, except to confirm that indeed there was an agreement to exchange correspondence,” Selfe said.

In contrast, the EFF said its leader, Julius Malema, would speak about the coalition talks tomorrow in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg.

Last week, Gauteng Premier David Makhura urged all political parties engaged in coalition talks to speed up the process so that all hung municipal councils could begin to focus on service delivery.

The municipalities with hung councils in the province are Tshwane, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Mogale City.

In North West, the Rustenburg municipality also has a hung council.

The Ekurhuleni municipality released a statement yesterday saying its first council meeting to elect a new mayor would be convened on Friday. When questioned on who the mayor-elect was, municipal spokesperson Themba Radebe said it was a political matter that required all parties concerned in the coalition talks to reach agreement, or otherwise.

“However, the city is ready to convene its first council meeting on Friday.

“It is expected to elect a mayor and speaker for the new council,” he added. “Ekurhuleni assures residents that the absence of a clear majority by any party in the city will not affect the provision of services.”

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