GOOD was not approaching the local government elections with fixed views about coalitions, party mayoral candidate for the City of Cape Town Brett Herron said on Thursday.
Herron said Good was ready to govern and provide constructive opposition. When the results are out, if coalition talks are necessary, they will be considered on a case-by-case basis, guided by our analysis of the wishes of voters,” he said. Indications are that many municipalities are likely to be governed by coalitions.
The DA has given mixed messages on its views about coalition governments after the November 1 elections.
On Wednesday, while on the campaign trail in Mamelodi, DA leader John Steenhuisen said his party did not want to enter into a coalition with the ANC, which it wanted to have fewer than 50% of the votes.
This was after he was quoted last week as saying the DA was prepared to enter into talks with all the parties, except the EFF and ANC in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.
ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte was reported as saying the ANC was preparing for coalition talks and had identified parties with which it was not willing to enter into agreements.
Herron noted the concession made by the DA and the ANC, apparently because they had not have not done enough to retain the support of their voters and were looking to post-election coalitions to cling to what remained of their diminishing power.
Herron said some coalitions in the country, such as in Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane and Johannesburg, proved to have been very poor because coalition partners did not view the outcome of elections as a directive from voters to get their act together, but as a challenge to outwit their coalition partners. He said many cities and countries worldwide were successfully run by coalitions.
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