Following the run of hung municipalities at various polls, leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), John Steenhuisen has begun steps to open talks with the ActionSA for a possible coalition, SurgeZirc SA reports.
According to Steenhuisen, all has been prepared to make a formal offer to other political parties for a possible coalition from Thursday.
He revealed that legal documents have been drafted to open talks with other parties with detailed conditions critically spelled out.
With more than 96% of the votes counted as of Wednesday, the DA is looking to foster conversations that will align the party with other parties to seal a possible 21% of the national vote.
“What we will then do is go out to the various parties that we believe are the better permutations and we will share this document with them. We will then enter into talks with those political parties,” Steenhuisen said.
The party said its experience in time past following an unsuccessful coalition in Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane has prompted the party to take a different approach in its coalition strategy.
However, the DA has vehemently made it known that there will be no room for a possible coalition with the Julius Malema-led Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
Though with the messy history between the ActionSA president Herman Mashaba and the DA which dates back to their 2019 feud, the DA is willing to open talks with its former ally.
Steenhuisen said: “In terms of ActionSA, we’ll be happy to talk to them, but they promised people they were going to get 40% in Tshwane and 30-something percent in Joburg. They’re going to end up at about 16%, we’re going to end up at 30%. It would be odd to have a mayor from a small party there.”
Steenhuisen said that if coalition talks with other parties did not succeed, the DA was willing to take up opposition benches.