Herman Mashaba, the head of ActionSA, may potentially lose out on a consolation executive mayoral committee seat after missing out on the mayorship of the City of Johannesburg. This, despite the fact that his party was instrumental in ensuring the DA maintained Tshwane and defeated the ANC in Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni.
As the largest party in the coalition-led Gauteng councils, the DA took the lead in encouraging coalition government stability by awarding coalition agreements to those who collaborated with it in the hung metros. The party, on the other hand, seems to be holding out on Mashaba, a former member and Johannesburg mayor. The EFF, however, seems to be awaiting the outcome of its coalition negotiations.Herman Mashaba."/>
The DA, via its federal council chairman, Helen Zille, informed Newzroom Afrika that coalition agreements had been delivered to coalition partners for signature after talks and debate. "So far, no one has had a significant issue with it," Zille said. "Each city or town will have its own term of office agreement, negotiated by the coalition partners, that will be incorporated into integrated development planning and will be budget-neutral. As a result, each of these diverse alliances will have its own strategy."
According to DA sources, the party's attorneys have already written coalition agreements, which will be made public. It includes a pledge to avoiding corruption, interfering with bids, and deploying cadres. Mashaba told News24 on Monday that ties between his party and the DA remained shaky, impeding the formation of solid coalitions, especially in Gauteng's three metros.
"The only interaction we have had with the DA has been a request for a meeting with John Moodey (ActionSA's Gauteng chairman) - and we, as ActionSA, requested that they put this request in writing, outlining the agenda, which they have done. What we object to is that when we inquired about who would be attending the meeting, they suggested that they would send junior people. Our main objective is to listen, and as long as they demonstrate a lack of seriousness by sending young employees, we will listen and Moodey will engage them.
"We cannot talk with the DA because of what occurred in the past [his departure from the DA in 2019] and their continued arrogance," Mashaba said. According to DA officials, by keeping Mashaba out of the Johannesburg mayorship he coveted, the former DA member may also miss out on a mayoral executive committee position.
According to the source, the DA would prioritize filling the bulk of the ten slots with party members. Then, the few slots that the party could afford to lose would be deliberately assigned in order to reinforce relationships with other opposition parties. "There is no willingness internally to give Mashaba an executive committee seat since it is seen as a reward for the shame he brought to the party when he walked out in 2019," a senior DA member said.
Mashaba said that the DA was bargaining in bad faith, endangering the alliances. He was anxious that the DA work together with the other parties that voted with it to guarantee that the ANC remained locked out and that governments remained stable. The DA could only do this by including all stakeholders, including ActionSA and the EFF.
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