SurgeZirc SA reports that coalition talks between the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the ActionSA have broken down over the Mayoral seats in Tshwane and Johannesburg.
According to multiple reports, it is understood that the Democratic Alliance (DA) in its coalition proposal moved to hold the mayoral seats of both the Tshwane and Johannesburg which the ActionSA declined.
Confirming this outcome, the ActionSA leader, Herman Mashaba on Tuesday confirmed opposition parties’ rejection of the DA’s proposal.
Reacting to the situation, the Democratic Alliance (DA) maintained that it is optimistic that coalition talks will come good.
“If you look at the numbers with the PA now, with the ANC the path to victory as opposition is being made a lot more difficult. Unfortunately, that is why I would have preferred the talks to continue before we simply just threw the baby out with the bathwater,” Da leader John Steenhuisn said.
However, Mashaba has stressed that the ActionSA will not give in to the stipulations of the Democratic Alliance (DA).
“We made it clear to them that we don’t care what your federal executive says. If you want our support, we are happy to support you, then you support us as other parties. We made it clear to the DA, please don’t come out with the mentality of being a big party. There is no big party here, none of us has got a majority,” Mashaba said.
In what seems like a rush-hour for political parties across hung municipalities since the IEC local government election, political parties will be looking to strike a deal as soon as possible to meet a deadline.