Cope enjoys its kingmaker comeback

2011-05-22 09:09

The DA and Cope are on the verge of an agreement which will tip the balance of power away from the ANC in at least another 11 city councils.

Mosiuoa Lekota, Cope leader, said the DA’s record of service delivery against the ANC’s record of corruption, the death of Cope member Andries Tatane and the pursuit of non-racialism makes Cope’s decision easy.

“The decision should be guided by our commitment to the delivery of better municipal services and the fight against corruption. The DA has already proven that it’s serious about service delivery and knows how to administer councils, while the ANC only wants to place their people in gravy train positions.

“So far there has been close to no corruption in DA councils, while the way in which the ANC lets corruption thrive has become characteristic of their management. Cope members must not forget that Andries sacrificed his life for his opposition against the poor ANC government. The DA is also more committed to the values held in the constitution, which Cope wants to protect.”

With a glint in his eye, Lekota admitted that the ANC wants Cope as a municipal partner. “Gwede Mantashe phones me constantly, but he doesn’t get hold of me.”

Adding to Lekota’s words, DA leader Helen Zille said both parties are in favour of a single national agreement, rather than having each municipality individually negotiate the issue.

Some of the councils under discussion are Calvinia, Springbok, De Aar, Victoria West and Bitou (Plettenberg Bay), which will get its first black Xhosa-speaking mayor, Memory Booysen, if the DA forms a coalition.

In Swellendam the ACDP is kingmaker. The party has already indicated that it cannot work with the ANC.

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