After several years of a “voting” agreement with the EFF in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay, the DA says it will not enter into any coalitions with the party. With Local Government Elections now right around the corner on the 1st of November, the DA says it has learned its lesson. Party leader John Steenhuisen says “never again”, certainly not under his watch.
No DA and EFF coalitions under John Steenhuisen
With the DA looking unlikely to secure a majority in Tshwane or Johannesburg, the party has put almost all its focus on getting that 50% +1 in Nelson Mandela Bay. But if that doesn’t happen, the question is obvious: What stance will the DA take regarding forming coalition governments?
Clearly sick of that question, John Steenhuisen took to Twitter on Sunday to rip into the EFF. And give a crystal clear answer. So clear in fact, that the DA says it will rather remain in the opposition, than work with the EFF.
Coalition governments: The future of South African politics?
So not only is Steenhuisen saying that the EFF is corrupt, but he’s also saying that the EFF might be a little racist. Steenhuisen is definitely not the first to weigh into that argument.
But if the EFF and DA are saying that they won’t go into coalitions with each other, whatever their reasons. That means that there is a pretty good chance that the EFF will line up in some coalitions with the ANC. Will that deliver better governance? Will the DA bounce back? Only time will tell.
Make sure you have your say by casting your vote on the 1st of November.