Mmusi Maimane says that while the Democratic Alliance is still willing to negotiate with the Economic Freedom Fighters, the leading opposition won't compromise their principles in order to please the Red Berets.
DA head Mmusi Maimane says that his party will still negotiate with the EFF in the hopes of finding common ground, but not at the expense of their values.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Julius Malema had announced his party will no longer vote with the DA in the Tshwane and Joburg metros.
This comes after the Democratic Alliance refused the EFF mayorship in the capital city. The Red Berets were adamant that they were ready to govern in the region.
Despite the very public divorce of the two parties, Maimane still harbours some hope that they would be able to work things out:
"We are open to negotiate, we are open to discuss this matter."
While Maimane is hopeful that Malema will change his mind and come back to the table, the DA leader won't cave in to demands:
"Coalitions only work on principle, they don't just work on simply just saying you'll be pragmatic or you'll ignore your own principles. Our principles are crucial."
One of these principles that Maimane seems unwilling to relinquish to the EFF is the mayorship, saying that the party was not the biggest in these regions, reports EWN.
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