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'We need to work with the EFF'

Msimanga's job was saved by the failure of the EFF’s motion on Thursday, which was disallowed by the speaker on procedural grounds.

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga speaks to the media after surviving a motion of no confidence vote. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Tshwane will reach out to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) after a failed motion to remove Solly Msimanga as mayor.

Msimanga's job was saved by the failure of the EFF’s motion on Thursday, which was disallowed by the Speaker on procedural grounds.

WATCH: Solly Msimanga remains Tshwane mayor

The African National Congress (ANC) abandoned its motion after realising that it would not succeed without the support of the red berets.

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane says that he will write to the leaders of the EFF, requesting an urgent formal meeting to discuss what he calls the “attacks” on DA-led coalition governments.

He says they want to seek solutions that are in the best interests of the residents of the metros the party governs.
After surviving in council yesterday, Solly Msimanga also said he would reach out to the EFF.

“If there’s one thing I won’t deny here is that we’re going to try and reach out to the EFF. We need to work with the EFF. It would be delusional for us to think we can do this without the EFF.”

The EFF released a statement yesterday, saying that it would engage all stakeholders involved to develop a concrete way forward.

ANC REACTS

The ANC says Msimanga will not be mayor of Tshwane by the end of next month.

The party’s Tshwane chairperson Kgosi Moepa says: “The Speaker in the next 30 days, she’s obliged now to take the motion again, because the motion never lapsed.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)