DA ‘ready to talk coalition with EFF’ amid Tshwane victory

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane described these elections as an historic moment.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane speaking at the IEC result centre in Tshwane. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - With the Democratic Alliance (DA) officially obtaining the majority of the votes in Tshwane, the party's leadership says it's now ready to talk about a coalition government with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

The DA has secured 93 of the available 214 seats in council, with the African National Congress (ANC) obtaining 89 seats and the EFF 25 seats.

EFF Leader Julius Malema said yesterday that the party was open to talks with any of the other parties.

The DA's James Selfe says while the party is thrilled about the election outcome in Tshwane, the real work starts now.

"Obviously the kingmaker in this particular instance happens to be the EFF and in due course we will have to engage with them in discussions.

"We do believe it is possible to form a coherent coalition in Tshwane."

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane described these elections as an historic moment.

"Now begins the hard work of governing and governing well for the people of South Africa.

"In years to come, and as our politics realign, this election will indeed be seen as a tipping point and be remembered as the moment the ANC lost its foothold as a dominant party."

Maimane says coalition governments will be the product of serious negotiations.

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As at 2pm, the figures were still outstanding for Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni, which are 91 and 99 percent completed respectively.

In Johannesburg, the ANC has secured 42 percent of the vote with the DA currently on 40 percent.

The ANC has obtained 48 percent of the vote in Ekurhuleni with the DA trailing at 34 percent at 2pm.