- 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.