DA must cast its net wide for coalitions, says Leon
Former DA leader Tony Leon says the party should cast a wide net when establishing coalitions.
PORT ELIZABETH - Former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Tony Leon says the party should cast a wide net when looking to form coalitions after tomorrow's elections.
But the DA, under Mmusi Maimane's leadership, has angered some minority parties with its campaign message that a vote for a small party is a wasted one.
Leon led the official opposition from its inception in 2000 until Helen Zille took the reigns in 2007.
"I had to green light the decision as the leader that the party would form a very widespread coalition in the City of Cape Town or to govern. In that election we got 42% of the vote in Cape Town."
Leon, who gave the green light for the formation of a DA-led coalition to govern Cape Town in 2006, believes coalitions can work well.
"I think the DA should cast the net wide as wide as it can provided, in my opinion, given what this whole election has been about, it doesn't do a coalition with the ANC because that preeminently would be self-defeating."
The DA and African National Congress are running a close race in Nelson Mandela Bay and Johannesburg according to the latest Ipsos poll.
Given how close the race is, it is likely one or both parties may have to cobble together a coalition to govern.