ActionSA, DA, FF Plus, ACDP, UDM, COPE have released a joint media statement on Friday, 19 November 2021, providing the latest update on the coalition talks between the parties.
The parties met in Johannesburg for coalition discussions and have stated that the discussions were constructive and that the parties agreed that it is important to form stable governments which are serious about service delivery and arresting the decay of local government in the interest of the future of the country.
ActionSA leader, Herman Mashaba, stated that their discussions were mainly focused on the Tshwane and Johannesburg Metros and clearly stated that they will attempt to keep the ANC out of Johannesburg metro.
“As far as the Tshwane Metro is concerned the parties agreed to form a coalition government and support the mayoral candidate of the DA. In Johannesburg, the parties will attempt to keep the ANC out and form a minority government. The Majority of parties present agreed to support the mayoral candidate of ActionSA. Consensus was thus not yet reached on Johannesburg,” ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba said.
“The DA took a principled decision at their Federal Executive that where they secured the majority of votes amongst opposition parties, they will put forward their mayoral candidate. They will however report the contents of the discussions to their Federal Executive for consideration,” Mashaba added.
Action SA president further stated that further discussions between the parties will continue over the weekend to finalise and conclude the way forward.