Municipal coalitions | DA says won't be held to ransom by EFF

The Democratic Alliance says it won’t govern hung councils with a gun to its head. The DA’s federal council chairperson says his party will listen to any good ideas about governance, but won’t bend to the EFF’s will. eNCA's Govan Whittles reports. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance says it won’t govern hung councils with a gun to its head.

The party has responded to questions about how it plans to tackle the administration of municipalities where the EFF voted for DA mayors without conditions.

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The DA says this time it won’t bend to the EFF’s wishes and would rather return to opposition benches.

"We will not do what was done before where the EFF expects from outside of government to start dictating to the parties inside of government, what to do," said federal council chairperson Helen Zille.

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"That’s the kind of quid pro quo that Julius Malema wanted before in what I described as a long-distance dating relationship. He doesn’t want to be in government, he wants to control the officials, their decisions, the tenders and contracts that are applied in government.”

The DA expects to wrap up coalition agreements within two weeks and says talks with all parties except the ANC and EFF are continuing.

* eNCA's Govan Whittles reports.

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