I'll never team up with the DA - Vavi

According to a report, the opposition party is trying to woo Vavi as a deputy mayoral candidate.

Former Cosatu leader Zwelinzima Vavi . Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi says he would never associate himself with the Democratic Alliance (DA) and has cautioned the United Front against forming a coalition with the party.

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

Vavi says the meeting was to discuss an Ipsos survey, which indicated that there wouldn't be an outright winner in the metro.

He adds while he's angry with the African National Congress (ANC), he would never consider teaming up with the DA.

"No, I am a worker leader and I proudly associate with the policies that have been advanced by civil society."

Vavi says a coalition between the DA and the United Front wouldn't work as their policies are too different.

"It's like water and oil, it will not mix and will be an odd alliance."

Meanwhile, the DA says it's the party's prerogative to meet with whoever they want, but denies there were talks of a coalition with Vavi.

Party 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.

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