Sydney Majoko
3 minute read
23 Nov 2021
6:30 am

Arrogant DA self-defeating

Sydney Majoko

It seems the DA is prepared to sacrifice its voters and those of smaller parties just to get back at the EFF and Mashaba.

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At the conclusion of the 2016 local government elections, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) allowed the Democratic Alliance (DA) to take over the metropolitan councils of Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB), Johannesburg and Tshwane. The EFF was very clear: it was not going into formal coalitions with the DA but were lending the party its support at the time to keep the ANC out. Its voting on issues would be on an issue-by-issue basis. This worked for two years, especially in NMB: a city that was R2 billion in the red now had a R600 million surplus. The loose coalition, led...