Sunday, 31 January 2016
DA and EFF in secret coalition talks: report
Four political parties, including the DA, and EFF, have held informal discussions ‘to create a united front’ to challenge the ANC in the local government elections later this year, according to the Sunday Times.
These coalition talks were confirmed by leading figures in four opposition parties, with DA spokeswoman Phumzile van Damme telling the Sunday Times that Mmusi Maimane has had “some very informal discussions with other party leaders about [these coalitions]”.
Earlier this week, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema called on opposition parties to unite with the EFF to break the grip of the ruling party. He told Reuters that Johannesburg and Pretoria could be challenged.“South Africans must shoot warning shots now, through their votes,” Malema told Reuters in an interview. “It is an opportunity now for South Africans to show the ANC that they are tired … that the ANC should begin to take them seriously, ahead of the national elections in 2019.”
The EFF won 6% of the vote in the 2014 general election, while the DA improved to win 22% of the vote. The ANC vote declined to 62%, from 66% in 2009.
According to the Sunday Times, it has been proposed that each opposition party should contest elections separately, with the exact nature of coalitions to be thrashed out in those municipalities where the ANC loses.
However, where a single opposition party attracts more than 50% of the vote, as the DA is expected to do in Cape Town, no coalition will be formed, the Times said.
The full report is in the Sunday Times – 31 January 2016.