DA collapses talks and risks Joburg back to the ANC/EFF again
5 May 2023
Last night a meeting was held in which the group of parties united behind ActionSA’s Funzi Ngobeni for Joburg Mayor (ActionSA, IFP, FF Plus, ACDP and UIM) met with the DA and the PA.
The meeting was requested by this group of parties because of an appreciation that the efforts to replace the ANC and EFF in Joburg can only succeed if these parties, collectively, rally behind a single candidate capable of achieving a majority. Our joint letter to the DA can be found here.
The DA used the opportunity to push for their own candidate, Mpho Phalatse, but announced conditions they required from the PA prior to the PA supporting a DA candidate. It has never been the case that a party imposes conditions on another party’s support, and it seemed as if these conditions were imposed with the intention of creating a deadlock in talks.
When the PA refused to accept these conditions, it became apparent that there was no road to a majority of support for Phalatse’s candidature (even with the support of ActionSA, IFP, VF Plus, ACDP and UIM).