There has been media speculation over the last few days that the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters may form a coalition after the election.
“I wish to state categorically that the DA will not enter into a coalition with the EFF under any circumstances. This includes Gauteng where there is a strong possibility that the ANC will receive less than 50% of the vote, said Helen Zille, the leader of the DA.
Zilel said that the DA has always made it quite clear that they will only form coalition where it is possible to enter into a coherent government and implement their policy commitments to the public. This would be impossible with the EFF.
A coalition with the EFF would be unworkable given the huge ideological gulf between the two parties.
The DA believes in market economics with a welfare safety net, non-racialism and the rule of law. The EFF’s policies are a threat to the economy and jobs, its racial rhetoric undermines reconciliation and its track record on corruption is as bad as the ANC.
Julius Malema’s company, On-Point Engineering, was awarded a R52 million contract from the Limpopo government which the Public Protector found to be unlawful.
The fact is that the ANC and the EFF are two sides of the same corrupt coin.
“The DA will not legitimise the EFF’s existence by entering into a coalition agreement with it. If this means that the DA remains in opposition in Gauteng, then so be it.
We would rather remain in opposition than enter into an unworkable coalition with the EFF,” added Zille.