Maimane defends the DA's coalitions with the EFF: 'There was an equal argument with the FF+'

- | 6 months ago

During an interview on Power FM on Thursday, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane confronted those within his party who are against the cooperation that has been forged between the DA and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in some municipalities.

“In any organisation, you don’t want to be singling out people,” he said of those who have been critical of EFF and DA cooperation, especially in Johannesburg under mayor Herman Mashaba. He said that the need to form coalitions with parties the DA did not agree with was discussed internally at federal council meetings ahead of the 2016 elections and it was agreed to that there would be an “issue-by-issue arrangement with the EFF”.

He said he personally believed in this kind of cooperation, as he felt his party’s “job is not to ostracise, it’s to win the argument”.

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