Tebogo Msimanga |
The Democratic Alliance says its long-standing position that the ANC cannot be trusted in coalition politics has been vindicated. Hours into the inaugural Ditsobotla Council meeting on Tuesday evening, the ANC/PA/F4SD and the African Heart Movement coalition collapsed resulting in the resignation of the newly elected Patriotic Alliance mayor, Cllr Elizabeth Lethoko.
DA North West Provincial Chairperson Don van Zyl said it is evident that the negotiations after last month’s by-elections were nothing but horse-trading for positions of power, and not about restoring governance and service delivery to residents.
“The DA in Ditsobotla refuses to entertain this sort of opportunistic politicking at the expense of residents”.
Van Zyl added that the DA maintained that under no circumstances would the party sell out its voters to enter into a coalition with either the corrupt ANC or destructive EFF to secure lucrative positions of power with access to resources to direct tenders to serve personal corrupt and party-political interests.
“The ANC should accept that its majority in Ditsobotla has been annihilated to below 40% of the vote and that its rapid electoral decline signals the end of its relevance towards 2024”.