ActionSA: DA Must Seek EFF To Secure Johannesburg

“One thing I can tell you is that I worked extremely well with the EFF during my mayoralty. They were the best partner there and the FF Plus. That is why it upset the DA. Why they hate the EFF so much is their problem and they must not make their problem ActionSA’s problem

 ActionSA: DA Must Seek EFF To Secure Johannesburg - SurgeZirc SA
ActionSA Leader, Herman Mashaba/Photo File: BizNews

Following the Democratic Alliance (DA) decision not to parley with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in a coalition pact, the leader of the ActionSA and former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba, has urged the DA to reconsider, SurgeZirc SA reports.

Recall that the major political parties in the just concluded local government have begun the pursuit for a possible coalition with other political parties.

The Julius Malema-led Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) last week said it will be open to listening to coalition talks with other political parties except for the DA.

In a similar circumstance, the leader of the DA, John Steenhuisen described the EFF as “non-negotiables for the DA,” stating that it is ready to work with the ANC, ActionSA, or the IFP.

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“It is not our job to save the ANC. Our job is to save SA and the two are not compatible. You can have a growing economy, a country that works, a capable administration that delivers jobs for people and service delivery, but you cannot have that with the ANC,” said Steenhuisen.

However, Mashaba has advised the DA leader to give his decision a second thought if it must secure Johannesburg which will boost the chances of the DA since its closest rival the ANC has been rejected by all other kingmakers across municipalities.

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Recall that Mashaba was a former DA stalwart that emerged as Mayor of Johannesburg under the umbrella of the party back in 2016 until his departure in 2019 following a backlash with the party’s heavyweights.

However, reports have revealed that the Democratic Alliance has reached out to the ActionSA for a possible coalition which is imminent in a couple of days.

SurgeZirc SA understands that the DA already has the backing of the ActionSA, IFP, and the ACDP which may see the party hold on to 125 seats in Johannesburg, needing a double-figure 11 seats to secure 136 seat majority.

Reflecting on this calculation, Mashaba said: “One thing I can tell you is that I worked extremely well with the EFF during my mayoralty. They were the best partner there and the FF Plus. That is why it upset the DA. Why they hate the EFF so much is their problem and they must not make their problem ActionSA’s problem… I have got a great working relationship at the local government level, we are on the same page.”

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