DA AND EFF JOIN HANDS IN VICTORY PARADE AT CHATSWORTH
*Caption: EFF and DA members celebrate together
Written by: Lwazi Hlangu
The Democratic Alliance (DA) invited the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to their victory rally held in Wilbadacht East, Chatsworth, on Saturday.
The DA won six of the eight wards in Chatsworth, with the ANC winning the remaining two wards.
This happened in the midst of the coalition negotiations between the DA and the EFF in some of the country’s major metros, including Johannesburg, Tshwane and the Nelson Mandela Bay.
Even though the DA won their wards outright and did not need a coalition, the EFF’s invitation shows their willingness to engage with other parties, according to DA’s elected councillor Anoop Rampersad.
“As an elected councilor, I’m prepared to work with the EFF, the IFP, and even the ANC because it is for the benefit of the community,” he said.
Also in attendance was the MEC for Human Settlements in the Western Cape and a DA Member of Parliament, Bonginkosi Madikizela. He said that he was proud to see the DA victorious in Chatsworth because it is his hometown.
When asked why they chose to invite the EFF, he said that they’ve always maintained a good relationship with the EFF, not only now when they are seeking coalition with them in some of the major metros.
“What you’re seeing here shows the relationship that exists between opposition parties, particularly the DA and EFF. In fact this relationship began way before we started the (coalition) negotiations. We even campaigned together in Chatsworth,” he explained.
Emmanuel Dzanibe, a member of the EFF delegation in attendance, said that their presence was not a sign of any agreement in the ongoing coalition talks between the two parties in the Nelson Mandela Bay and Gauteng.
“In terms of coalition between the two parties, the leadership is dealing with it so I don’t want to pre-empt anything at this stage. The leadership will tell us the outcome of the coalition negotiations in a meeting tomorrow,” concluded Dzanibe.
The meeting is set to outline the progress of the coalition talks between the two parties.