Shack dweller movement voices support for DA

This follows two years of talks between the organisation and the DA.

Ivan Meyer says the party will work closely with Abahlali Basemjondolo to fight corruption. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The DA's leader in the Western Cape Ivan Meyer says the party will work closely with Abahlali Basemjondolo to fight corruption.

The national shack-dwellers movement known for its campaign for public housing has publicly voiced support for the Democratic Alliance (DA).

This follows two years of talks between the organisation and the DA.

Meyer says they need to work together to fight corruption and speed up service delivery.

"This is a long term relationship that began two years ago already. So this is not something that has to do with the election only, but has to do with really fighting issues together in terms of improving conditions of the poor. This partnership will go well beyond this election."

Meanwhile, the ANC says senior Independent Democrats (ID) members are abandoning their alliance partner.

The party today welcomed MP John Gunda into its ranks.

The ID will cease to exist as a separate party on the eve of this elections, after merging with the DA back in 2010.

NCOP member John Gunda put on his yellow ANC T-shirt and smiled for the cameras as the party's Western Cape leadership welcomed him into the fold.

Gunda, from Uppington in the Northern Cape says he believes in the ANC's social principles.

ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman says strategic ID members have abandoned the DA.

"It's only Patricia de Lille that's still standing there, completely politically motivated.

Gunda was convicted of rape in 2005 but then acquitted during a high court appeal.