David Still
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10 Nov 2021
07:13

Letters | Short-sighted opposition

David Still

After the 2016 elections, many middle-of-the-road South Africans were bemused when the DA entered into an “agreement” (it was not a formal coalition) with the EFF which allowed it to take control of Johannesburg and Tshwane.

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After the 2016 elections, many middle-of-the-road South Africans were bemused when the DA entered into an “agreement” (it was not a formal coalition) with the EFF which allowed it to take control of Johannesburg and Tshwane.

They were working on that very political expedient, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. It did not work out well. The EFF extracted a very heavy price for its co-operation, securing a number of key executive posts in Johannesburg for its cadres.

They were working on that very political expedient, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. It did not work out well. The EFF extracted a very heavy price for its co-operation, securing a number of key executive posts in Johannesburg for its cadres.
David Still

Only after then DA mayor Herman Mashaba left to form his own party did the DA make it known that it would never again work with the EFF.

Last Sunday, DA leader John Steenhuisen announced that the DA will not be going into coalitions with the ANC. “It is not the DA’s role to save the ANC,” he said.

The IFP and ActionSA have also foresworn any prospect of working with the ANC. What these statements mean is that the ANC will very likely end up governing five major metros, eThekwini, Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg, in coalition with the EFF. That will have the effect of the ANC being pulled towards the EFF’s vision for governance, which is clearly modelled on Zimbabwe and Venezuela.

The DA seems to think that by it not “helping” the ANC, the ANC will suffer at the polls in 2024 and finish below 50%. So what will the ANC do then? In all likelihood its alliance with the EFF, forced on it after these elections, will be replicated at the national level, and South Africa’s slide towards bankruptcy and ruin will accelerate.

The DA seems to think that by it not “helping” the ANC, the ANC will suffer at the polls in 2024 and finish below 50%. So what will the ANC do then? In all likelihood its alliance with the EFF.
David Still

Are the DA leaders so blinded by ambition and pride that they cannot see this?

It’s not three-dimensional chess. It may not be the DA’s role to save the ANC, but it most certainly should be its mission to save South Africa.

DAVID STILL

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