As it happened: DA to work with Cope, ACDP, FF Plus, UDM and IFP

2016-08-17 11:56

The DA announced that the party will work with Cope, the ACDP, FF Plus and UDM and will help the IFP win in municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal, while the EFF announced earlier that it would not be going into coalitions with any party.

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17 Aug 16:06

"It's like a marriage. Sometimes you go to counselling, sometimes you talk over issues," the IFP's Singh says on differences with DA, EFF.

And that concludes the IFP's press conference.


17 Aug 16:02
Singh says the party did talk with the ANC, but that the election results showed the voters want a change in KZN, reports Paul Herman.

17 Aug 15:57
"We are not forming any coalitions, and each party will maintain its own identity," says the IFP's Singh. "As the three biggest opposition parties, the DA, IFP & EFF will not be driven by politicking, but by good governance."

17 Aug 15:55
Singh says the NEC of the IFP decided that the #IFP would vote with the DA and EFF in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

17 Aug 15:54
The ANC has cancelled its press conference in Nelson Mandela Bay.

17 Aug 15:54

The IFP's Narend Singh says the significant support increase for the IFP in KZN confirms the notion that people have rejected the leadership of the ANC in the province.


17 Aug 15:52
The IFP now has a briefing about its own negotiations.

17 Aug 15:51
That concludes the DA's press briefing.

17 Aug 15:51

17 Aug 15:51

17 Aug 15:50
James Selfe says the DA-ANC coalition in Kannaland is not valid as local structures engaged in unauthorised negotiations. Members will be disciplined if necessary and elected DA speaker will have to resign.

17 Aug 15:48

17 Aug 15:48
Maimane says a vote for a smaller party is not a wasted vote.

17 Aug 15:44

E-tolls won’t just fall away now, Maimane warns. 

It is a national government issue.


17 Aug 15:44
Athol Trollip says the DA-lead coalition now has the most seats in Nelson Mandela Bay.

17 Aug 15:41

Pieter Mulder admits he likes the movie Pretty Woman. 

He says they were approached by the ANC and the DA so they felt quite popular.


17 Aug 15:39
Meanwhile Athol Trollip's press conference in Port Elizabeth is underway. The DA has formed a coalition there with Cope, the UDM and ACDP.

17 Aug 15:36

17 Aug 15:35
James Selfe of the DA says the IFP is in a different position from the other parties. “We will assist them to govern in KZN municipalities and they will help us elsewhere. But we won’t take up positions in their structures.” 

17 Aug 15:33
Bantu Holomisa, UDM leader, has arrived. He says local government must be depoliticised. 

17 Aug 15:32

17 Aug 15:31

17 Aug 15:29

17 Aug 15:25
Lekota nips rumours in the bud that some of its members negotiated an agreement with any other party. He says Cope won’t collaborate with parties that undermine the constitution.

17 Aug 15:24
The ACDP representative is keeping proceedings light.

17 Aug 15:21
Maimane answers question about EFF's condition on Johannesburg: "We put candidates forward. Solly Msimang will be Tshwane mayor, Athol Trollip in PE. In Joburg we asked people to vote for Herman Mashaba. He is our candidate. You can’t ask South Africans to vote for a candidate and then change it. Our principal is to select the best. When all is said and done that we honour our agreement with voters."

17 Aug 15:18
All parties have now signed the coalition agreement and it is question time. 

17 Aug 15:17

17 Aug 15:16

17 Aug 15:15
The UDM is next. Says it was approached by the ANC and the DA for coalitions. 

17 Aug 15:13

17 Aug 15:11

The ACDP's Jo-Ann Downs says: "Hey, South Africa!"

Much has to change in South Africa, she says. "People need food, a roof over their heads, tarred roads and sanitation and an end to squalor."


17 Aug 15:09

"How do we take our country forward in the current constitutional crisis while the incumbent is in default of the constitution?" Lekota asks.

"This occasion lays the foundation for SA to take our country out of this crisis. We are grateful for this opportunity. Local government is an appropriate place to start. It will set the foundation for provincial and national elections."


17 Aug 15:07

17 Aug 15:06

Mosiuoa Lekota of Cope congratulates voters.

"In voting as they did they have created an opportunity that South Africa has waited for for a long time." 


17 Aug 15:05

He thanks FF Plus supporters and says they doubled their support.

"I believe we have a beautiful country. 80% of South Africans want to live in peace. We will give this experiment a chance and believe it can work."


17 Aug 15:03
The parties are committed to bringing responsible governance to the people of South Africa, Pieter Mulder of the FF Plus says. 

17 Aug 15:00
Next up is leader of the FF Plus, Pieter Mulder. He has trouble with his microphone and he says he has a cold caused by all the stress.

17 Aug 14:59
We now start the earnest task to establish councils. We want to set up clear governments, Maimane says.

17 Aug 14:57

“What happened to the EFF? We negotiated in good faith. We were clear about who we are. We would never agree on ideological issues.  

"I welcome that they said today they will vote with us." 


17 Aug 14:55

He reiterates municipal staff will not be purged.

“We need the best people.”


17 Aug 14:54

17 Aug 14:52

"I am glad to announce we came to arrangement to form government with Cope, ACDP, FF Plus and UDM."

Also form of agreement with IFP.


17 Aug 14:51
Coalition politics is not new in SA, he says. "We pioneered it in Cape Town. It gave effect to political change."

17 Aug 14:50

17 Aug 14:49
Maimane says the DA’s good governance recognised by voters.

17 Aug 14:47
Mmusi Maimane opens the press conference and says South Africa asked for change. 

17 Aug 14:42
Some of DA members and smaller parties are annoyed at James Selfe for spilling beans on Cape Talk this AM. They were gagged, Carien du Plessis tweets.

17 Aug 14:39
Carien du Plessis reports members of Cope, the ACDP and FF Plus are present at the DA's presser, that should start soon.

17 Aug 14:37
Political parties had been involved in negotiations since none got a clear majority in 27 municipalities following the August 3 local government elections. Parties had 14 days to form coalitions or face election reruns.

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