Mmusi Maimane is adamant that the Democratic Alliance will not cave in to EFF demands to take over governance of the City of Tshwane.
The Democratic Alliance leader commented on the situation nearly a month after Julius Malema said his party wished to partner in governing both the Tshwane and Johannesburg municipalities.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the Economic Freedom Fighters want mayorship in Tshwane, wishing to also play a role on the mayoral committee in Johannesburg.
However, the two parties don't have a formal coalition, teaming up to vote together on an issue-to-issue basis, reports IOL.
Speaking to the media, Maimane said the official opposition party had a formal agreement with the Freedom Front Plus, COPE and the ACDP:
“We’ve a written agreement and we’ve signed it. Those parties work together. That position hasn’t changed."
Maimane did however confirm that the Red Berets had raised their intention of governing Tshwane:
“They certainly put it to us. We’ve gone out to say we have a formal agreement with a number of parties on a number of principles. Those principles are a market-based economy, building a capable state, eradicating corruption, a non-racial future and ultimately ensuring that we uphold the rule of law.”
Maimane is adamant that his party has not deviated from the terms lined out in their agreement with their coalition partners. He says that the DA will be meeting with them soon to discuss the requests put forward by the EFF.
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