DA not opposed to coalition

2013-06-05 21:05
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Johannesburg - The DA is not against forming a coalition of opposition parties, but has to be sure it will work, it said on Wednesday.

"We are not closed to it. We are not saying we are out of it, but let's make sure the process works," DA national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said.

Earlier, the Dispatch Online reported that a planned opposition coalition to challenge the ANC in next year's election had collapsed after the DA opted out.

Maimane said there was a difference in ideologies, and as a result dual membership had been suggested for smaller parties - similar to the DA's arrangement with the ID.

"Let's understand what needs to be done," he said.

"When it comes to a formalised coalition, there are a number of protocols we want to uphold."

Maimane said there was already co-operation between opposition parties in Parliament.

They had stood together in the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma, and on the protection of state information bill.

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa said discussions between parties were continuing.

He said smaller parties had rejected the DA's suggestion of dual membership.

There were talks with Agang SA, led by Mamphela Ramphele.

"We have met with them. They also believe there is a need to forge some form of co-operation, but we are still in discussions," said Holomisa.

He said that once Agang had officially launched as a political party, by registering with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), its role would be clearer.

Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  udm  |  iec  |  agang  |  bantu holomisa  |  jacob zuma  |  mamphela ramphele  |  johannesburg  |  elections 2013  |  politics

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