DA denies report of coalition talks with Zwelinzima Vavi

The party, however, has confirmed it held a meeting with the former Cosatu secretary general.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane interacts with supporters at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg on 23 April 2016 for the party's official manifesto launch for the 2016 local government elections. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance has confirmed it held a meeting with former Congress of South African Trade Unions' (Cosatu) secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi, but says there were no talks of a coalition.

The Sunday Times is reporting this morning that the opposition party is trying to woo Vavi as its deputy mayoral candidate in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

DA spokesperson Refiloe Ntsekhe says it's the party's prerogative to meet with whoever they want.

"This is a free country and we will meet with different party members because we have different relationships around the country."

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says they didn't discuss a coalition as his party is confident it will secure 50 percent of votes in the areas it's eyeing.

However, Vavi apparently admitted to paper that he was approached by Maimane about the possibility of a coalition, after an Ipsos survey revealed that no party would win the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

Vavi says he referred Maimane to the United Front, which was formed after the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa's (Numsa) breakaway from Cosatu.

Ntsekhe meanwhile says such talks will only be held after the local government elections in August.

"We can never go and start discussing a coalition after the elections, we believe we are going into this election to win it outright."

She says the party could meet with other political role-players in the near future.

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DA LAUNCHES MANIFESTO

Yesterday, the party launched its election manifesto at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg.

Maimane lashed out at the African National Congress (ANC) for delivering empty promises and criticised the Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) approach on steering the country.

Maimane was passionate when he addressed supporters at the Rand Stadium, pointing out why the ANC has failed the people.

"The ANC governs as if black lives don't matter."

Maimane says the best municipalities in the country are run by the DA and they're committed to transforming cities and metros.

"When we take power in Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay, it will not be through the barrel of a gun. It will be as a result of millions of South Africans coming together and casting their votes at the ballot box."

Maimane says South Africans have a chance this August to vote for a party that delivers and a party that can be held accountable for its actions.