10 Nov 2021
The DA leadership is energetically engaged in coalition negotiations with parties that share our core governing principles. Our objective is to form, wherever possible in the 66 councils where no party won a clear majority, stable and functional DA-led coalitions able to fulfil our manifesto promises.
In the run up to the 2021 Local Government Elections, I set out the DA’s position on coalitions and this has not changed.
- We are willing to consider a coalition with any parties that share our core principles, which are a commitment to the rule of law, nonracialism, a social market economy, and a capable state. (Commitment to a capable state requires adherence to the principle of separation of party and state and therefore a fulsome rejection of cadre deployment.)
- We are not under any circumstances willing to go into coalition with the EFF or with the ANC in its current form, because their governing principles are diametrically opposed to ours. Therefore any coalition with them would be unstable and dysfunctional.
- We would rather be a principled, effective opposition than be part of local governments where we are unable to apply our values and fulfil our manifesto promises.
Some in the commentariat believe the DA should go into coalition with the ANC to keep the EFF out. Yet, the ANC is not forced to go into coalition with the EFF instead. It has the option of forming a minority government, which would have DA support in council for all decisions that it takes in the public interest.
An ANC-DA coalition is not in SA’s best interest.