Vavi: ANC, DA have similar economic policies

Zwelinzima Vavi says he is anti neo-liberalism & wouldn’t associate with political parties such as the DA.

Former Cosatu leader Zwelinzima Vavi has called for an early election to oust President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi says the he can't identify himself with the African National Congress (ANC) now or the Democratic Alliance (DA) adding that they have similar economic policies.

Vavi says he met with Mmusi Maimane in February to discuss polls in the run up to the local government elections.

He says Maimane expressed interest in a possible coalition with the United Front, but DA spokesperson, Refiloe Ntshekhe says there's no talks of a coalition and the party is confident it can win the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

The former Cosatu secretary general says he is anti neo-liberalism and wouldn't associate with political parties such as the DA.

"There is just no possibility that we can bury those disagreements because we are angry that there's corruption and inefficiencies in government."

Vavi says that the ANC is not too different from the main opposition.

"The ANC and the DA, at an economic policy level, are the same thing. They also pursue neo-liberal programmes and they converge on their support of the micro-economic policies of the National Development Plan."