'I'm in talks with other political parties to form alternative coalition govt'

Mmusi Maimane says South Africans need to be prepared for the future of South Africa, which he says lies in a coalition government.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has confirmed he has started talking to other political parties in preparation for what he is calling an alternative coalition government in 2019.

Maimane addressed dignitaries in Braamfontein earlier on Tuesday, on the realignment of politics in South Africa.

The DA leader says South Africans need to be prepared for the future of South Africa, which he says lies in a coalition government.

“Our new path will require a lot of courage from every single one of us because this is a journey we have never travelled before and it will feel unfamiliar. It will be like nothing we have ever known.”

He says talks are already underway with political parties.

“I am currently engaged in talks with other opposition parties in order to deepen our cooperation, and I will keep these channels of communication open until we go to the polls in 2019.”

Maimane says this new path will require political leaders to put their differences aside and build a new majority.

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(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)