EFF decision will erode coalition achievements – DA

Staff Writer | Jul 04, 2019
The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it is ‘unfortunate’ that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has pledged to abstain from voting with it at municipal level, warning that this will come ‘at the expense of the millions of South Africans who voted for change in the 2016 municipal elections’.

DA-led administrations, with EFF cooperation, ‘have not only excelled in rooting out corruption, but also in transforming the lives of South Africans’ – but this will no longer be possible should the EFF carry through its pledge to abstain from voting.

DA Federal Executive Chairperson James Selfe said in a statement that the party had noted the EFF’s comment that it ‘will no longer vote with the DA in any municipality where we would require their votes, and that they will abstain from voting when it comes to it’.

‘It is unfortunate that the EFF has taken this stance at the expense of the millions of South Africans who voted for change in the 2016 municipal elections. The DA is governed by its policies and principles, which ensures that the people of our country are always put first, by ensuring the steadfast delivery of services, access to quality healthcare, jobs, an education and rooting out corruption from government.

‘Our arrangement with the EFF, specifically in municipalities in which no party had a majority, has worked well. We have engaged with the EFF and have enjoyed a harmonious relationship with its councillors on a local level. Where we were able to accommodate the reasonable demands of the EFF councillors to deliver to their constituency, we have done so. Simultaneously, we have been able to interdict the widespread corruption that characterised the ANC administrations prior to 2016, and have transformed these governments.’

Selfe said the DA ‘remain convinced that the current arrangement – difficult though it is to manage – is in the best interests of the residents of the municipalities concerned. Our commitment has always been to ensure accelerated service delivery, job creation, ensuring safer communities and the overall improved quality of life of all South Africans. We are unequivocal in this commitment. Our priority will always be to deliver to the people in these municipalities’.

He added: ‘If the EFF proceeds as planned, it will erode all of the good work coalition governments have done in the past and it will hinder progress in the future. As the opposition, we have a collective responsibility to hold the ANC to account and to prioritise the interests of all South Africans. This move will only embolden the ANC to bring corruption back into the metros to which we have brought change.’

Selfe noted that over the past three years, DA-led governments ‘have not only excelled in rooting out corruption, but also in transforming the lives of South Africans’.

He spelled out various achievements in the municipalities of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay which had saved hundreds of millions of rands, curbed fraud and corruption and expanded services.

 

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