Ideological differences between the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA) stood in the way of both parties agreeing on a coalition in Johanesburg and Tshwane.
DA federal chairman James Selfe said coalitions could not happen with the radical EFF due to the persistent ideological differences between the two opposition parties.
“There are ideological differences that still persist between ourselves and the EFF. We are committed to a longer-term conversation with them, and we will have that conversation. But I think there are too many issues to get out of the way in the formation of a new municipal government. We will have a minority government situation in both Johannesburg and Tshwane where we will be dependent on the other parties for support on key votes and key issues. But I do think there’s enough in common with the other parties,” said Selfe during a radio interview at Cape Talk radio.
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“I think their [EFF] agenda is a clear one, and they believe that land must be expropriated without compensation … the mines should be nationalised and so on…” I think there are some sticky issues may have caused friction in a possible coilition government, and I think that it is probably better that we remain respectfully distant from one another.”
The parties were locked in meetings in a bid to forge a coalition following the recent local government elections. In several councils no majority was achieved by any party, resulting in hung councils.
The EFF held its central command meeting on Monday night to make a final decision on coalitions. The DA’s Johannesburg mayoral candidate, Herman Mashaba, told The Citizen yesterday he was in the dark about the coalition negotiations as it was handled on national level.
“Once the negotiations are announced, we will know where we stand. At this point, we are the second-biggest political party in the council.”
In Ekurhuleni, the ANC seems to have clinched a deal with the African Independent Congress and Patriotic Alliance.
When approached for comment yesterday, Ekurhuleni mayoral candidate and ANC regional chairperson Mzwandile Masina would only say negotiations were at a “sensitive level”.
– Additional reporting by Ngwako Modjadji and Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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