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Democratic Alliance enters into coalition with minority parties

he Democratic Alliance (DA) has entered into coalition agreements with minority parties – Congress of The People (COPE), the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), Freedom Front Plus (FF-Plus), United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).

 

Party leaders were addressing a media conference in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, on Wednesday.

The DA won most votes in the Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay metros as well as a number of smaller municipalities without securing an outright majority.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has rejected a coalition with the DA in the Tshwane and Johannesburg metros, but agreed to vote with the party to form minority administrations.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says, “I am glad to announce on Wednesday that we have entered into an arrangement to form governments with COPE, the ACDP, the FF-Plus, the UDM; and we have also come into a form of an agreement with the IFP. These agreements commit us to a number of things as expressed when we took up the opportunity, we wanted to put a framework agreement upfront.”

Maimane says voters have indicated they want good governance across the country and have offered opposition parties a chance to govern key municipalities nationwide.

The DA won the most votes in Tshwane and a number of other municipalities without securing an outright majority.

The DA and African National Congress (ANC) then embarked on coalition talks with a number of parties including the EFF which had been touted as a possible kingmaker in Tshwane and Joburg.

Maimane says the 2016 local government elections are historic for the nation.

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