- The Johannesburg mayor says coalitions will work provided parties can find common ground
- This comes after Julius Malema praised Mashaba's leadership
- Some members of the DA, however, are unhappy with Mashaba's friendliness toward the EFF
Herman Mashaba, the mayor of Johannesburg, has said that many municipalities in future will be governed by coalitions of political parties.
Mashaba added that the DA's coalition with the EFF in Johannesburg was doing good work in the city.
His party's arrangement with the EFF in Tshwane, however, is on the verge of collapse, following mayor Solly Msimanga's resignation.
In the 2016 local government elections, the DA was able to grab control of three metros by entering into coalitions with smaller parties - notably, the EFF.
While these coalitions have seen some success, they have also faced their fair share of challenges.
The DA-EFF coalition in Nelson Mandela Bay imploded last year, for example, with the EFF leading the removal of DA mayor Athol Trollip.
Nevertheless, Mashaba was optimistic, saying coalitions could work as long as the parties within them found common ground over issues like ending corruption, creating jobs and improving service delivery.
Julius Malema echoed Mashaba's sentiments, and has even praised the DA mayor. The EFF leader has said that he admires Mashaba for being independent, and even stated that he would offer Mashaba a place in the EFF if he ever left the DA, according to News24.
Some members of the DA have not been so pleased with Mashaba, however. Reportedly, some party insiders believe that Mashaba is too friendly with the EFF.
Additionally, there have been allegations that some in the party dislike Mashaba's leadership style.
Despite this, Mashaba reiterated his faith in multi-party colations.
"We are forced to find common ground and work together in the interest of voters," the mayor told the City Press.
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