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DA denies reaching coalition agreement

By Charl Bosch - Aug 10, 2016
DA denies reaching coalition agreement

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has dismissed what it terms “ANC-inspired rumours” that coalition talks with other parties in the various Metros it contested during last week’s local government elections, had been finalised and agreed to.

In a statement, the party’s Federal Chairperson James Selfe said the allegations amounted to nothing but a “desperate spin by Luthuli House” as well as being the “last kicks of a dying horse, desperate to cling onto power using misinformation”.

“The DA will continue with its negotiations in earnest with the clear objective of putting together governments that give effect to the majority of the electorates’ rejection of the ANC and its management of local government,” Selfe said.

He reaffirmed that the party would make use of the skills and talent already in place in the various administrations, and that no purging of staff members, who “work hard and [are] qualified to do the job”, will take place.

“The electorate has given parties a clear mandate to form a government that gives effect to change, by kicking out the ANC which has failed them by putting corruption first and services last,” he said”.

The party has already confirmed it had spoken to United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa and its provincial chairperson Mongameli Bobani about forming a coalition in Nelson Mandela Bay, while speculation had also mounted about a rumoured link-up with Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Johannesburg and Tshwane.