- Newly appointed DA interim leader John Steenhuisen doesn't want to lose Johannesburg to the 'wolves'
- Steenhuisen has established a negotiating team in an effort to appease the EFF and retain the metro
- This comes as Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba's reign over the region draws to a close
John Steenhuisen says that a negotiating team has been put together in an attempt to retain power in Johannesburg.
Briefly.co.za reported that a coalition between the EFF and DA had afforded the opportunity for the opposition party to take power from the ANC.
However, with mayor Herman Mashaba looking forward to the end of his term later this month following his resignation, this has been called into question.
Speaking to Power FM, Steenhuisen confirmed that the same team who had pulled off the original truce is now set to navigate new negotiations with the Red Berets.
Mashaba was effectively the glue holding the agreement together, with the EFF releasing a statement voicing their disappointment at his decision to throw in the towel.
The Citizen reports that the seven-party coalition saw the EFF voting on a case-by-case basis, with the DA leading the way with a majority of just under 40%.
Mashaba seems to be looking forward to some rest and a break away from politics following his resignation, which was closely followed by that of DA leader Mmusi Maimane.
The resignations saw John Steenhuisen, who had served as Maimane's chief whip, seizing the opportunity to move up the ranks.
The federal executive council voted Steenhuisen in over the weekend as interim leader of the DA until a final election can be held next year.
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