Smaller parties slam DA over 'arrogant' coalition decisions

The cracks are beginning to show in the lead up to the Johannesburg metro council after the DA announced that it would not support ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba's nomination for the mayoral position.

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen at the party’s manifesto launch on 25 September 2021. Picture: @Our_DA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Smaller parties have slammed the Democratic Alliance (DA) for its decision to be an opposition party and put forward it's own mayoral candidate in the City of Johannesburg, saying it put the success of coalitions in jeopardy.

The cracks are beginning to show in the lead up to the Johannesburg metro council on Monday after the DA announced that it would not support ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba's nomination for the mayoral position.

Political parties are racing against time to form coalitions in hung councils with many hoping to put aside their political differences, but that has not been the case in Gauteng.

On Saturday DA leader John Steenhuisen said his party would not go into a coalition that would involve the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Tshwane and Johannesburg metros.

"Where we enter into opposition coalitions that have a chance of succeeding, we will support a representative of the largest party as the mayoral candidate. We will not be part of any voting block that is dependent on the EFF," said Steenhuisen.

However, parties including the Freedom Front Plus, United Democratic Movement (UDM), and African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) are lobbying for ActionSA's Mashaba to be the mayoral face of the coalition.

ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe said: "They announced that they are going to have their own mayoral candidate so the whole political arrangement now is on shaky ground because of what they have done."

Mashaba said Steenhuisen's revelation was both arrogant and disappointing.

"They really demonstrate from the beginning the DA's arrogance and being habitual liars," Mashaba said.

This year, an unprecedented 66 hung municipalities have presented challenges as parties struggle to find one another.