Coalition is crucial - Zille

2010-07-24 13:30

Cape Town - Coalitions with opposition political parties are a crucial step in the realignment of South African politics, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said at her party's federal congress in Cape Town on Saturday.

"There are people who share our values in all political parties," said Zille who was welcomed with an ovation and cheers of "long live Helen, long live" from the audience.

"If we manage to bring all those people together in one political vehicle I believe we will be a majority. We must build this new majority."

Independents Democrats leader Patricia de Lille was scheduled to address the congress on Sunday morning. In the past month there had been widespread reports of a looming coalition between the two parties.

Earlier this year Zille was a key speaker at an ID congress.

"I remain convinced that coalitions are a crucial step in the realignment process," Zille said.

"We must now move to the next step. We must bring together all those who still believe in a place called the new South Africa."