Maimane 'jumping the gun' in trying to woo smaller political parties - Eastern Cape ANC

FILE: South African main opposition party Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane gestures as he salutes the crowd during the final Municipal Elections campaign rally at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto, on July 30, 2016. (Gianluigi Guercia, AFP)
FILE: South African main opposition party Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane gestures as he salutes the crowd during the final Municipal Elections campaign rally at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto, on July 30, 2016. (Gianluigi Guercia, AFP)

East London - DA leader Mmusi Maimane is trying to woo smaller political parties into a coalition in Nelson Mandela Bay, ANC Eastern Cape chairperson Phumulo Masaulle told News24 on Thursday.

Maimane had just announced that the DA would win 47% of the votes in the metro, with 90% of the votes there counted already.

"We think he is ahead of himself.

"It's small wonder that they are beginning at the same time to be talking coalitions. He is probably trying to woo over other smaller political parties in terms of the result... trying to form a coalition to defeat the ANC. From where we are, we think he is jumping the gun," he said.

Masaulle said the ANC believed it would get 51 seats in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

The DA currently had 49.49%, and the ANC 39.25%, of the 90% of votes already counted.

The DA's Athol Trollip refused to comment on the claims.

He said they did not have to follow and respond to everything the ANC did.

"We don't follow the ANC, the ANC follows us," he said.

- Find everything you need to know about the 2016 Local Government Elections at our News24 Elections site, including the latest news and detailed, interactive maps for how South Africa has voted over the past 3 elections, or download the app for iOS and Android.

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