The Democratic Alliance (DA) has denied reports that it will form a Grand Coalition with the African National Congress (ANC).
Minor parties at the National Coalition Dialogue have accused both the ANC and the DA of laying the groundwork for their Grand Coalition by introducing the Threshold.
According to ANC Deputy President Mashatile, the coalition dialogue went far beyond political parties. Mashatile was delivering the final remarks at the two-day event, which concluded on Saturday at the University of the Western Cape.
Mashatile, who is also the Leader of Government Business in Parliament, convened the dialogue, which brought together political parties and diverse sections of civil society.
The DA has denied allegations made by smaller parties that the ANC and the DA had formed a Grand Coalition.
Minor parties have accused the two biggest parties of coming together to achieve the bare minimum for coalition governments. The DA’s leader, John Steenhuisen, has stated that the party will not form a coalition with the ANC.
“That is absolute nonsense, and the smaller parties must stop trying to create this arranged marriage and selling my party off to some reluctant bride program to the ANC. We are not interested. We call on some smaller parties to rethink their stance and join the Moonshot Pact,” says Steenhuisen.
Mashatile has allayed fears of the smaller parties and assured them that they are not used to merely rubberstamp a deal between the ANC and the DA.
“Let’s remove suspicions, there is no deal and we here to have a framework we will all agree with. We won’t succeed if we suspicious with one another,” says Mashatile
According to Mashatile, the Coalition Government Dialogue was a great success. Notwithstanding the EFF boycott and ATM walkout, the Vice President claims there was no squabbling or shouting at the dialogue.
“We came engaged, listened and didn’t shout at one another. We agreed that coalitions are with us and we prepared to learn with those who have walked the path. There was a time we worked with the National Party and am sure Masondo would recall in Gauteng we sat with National Party in the executive,” Mashatile added.
The Coalitions Dialogue writing team will now work to finish the declaration document, which will be used to legislate the coalition governments.
Yet, the threshold idea has displeased smaller parties.