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DA targets Mashaba, says a vote for ActionSA ‘may as well be’ a vote for EFF

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Oct 29, 2021

The Democratic Alliance (DA) called a conference at its Johannesburg headquarters on Friday, 29 October to warn the electorate against voting for Herman Mashaba’s party, ActionSA. The DA said a vote for their former Johannesburg mayor’s party could open the backdoor for the EFF in municipalities and metros across the country.

WALTERS BRINGS OUT THE FILES

The DA has dedicated time to de-platforming ActionSA and other “small parties” throughout the election season. In short, the party and its leaders view any vote that is not for the DA as wasted. Party leader John Steenhuisen recently compared voting for small parties to a fleeting sexual encounter.

On Friday, The DA Deputy Federal Council Chairperson Thomas Walters led the press conference alongside Joburg Mayoral Campaign Manager Mike Moriarty and the party’s mayoral candidate in the city Dr Mpho Phalatse.

Walters said the DA has made it abundantly clear that it will not enter a coalition or governing agreement with the EFF – which was described as “a party of anarchy, violence and chaos – in any municipality because the parties are fundamentally different.

“The DA can today reveal that ActionSA has a host of ex-DA members who have colluded with the EFF in the past and who could most certainly not hesitate to get into bed with the EFF despite the mandate they received from their voters,” said Walters.

MASHABA ALLEGEDLY WANTED TO GIVE EFF POWER WHILE HE WAS MAYOR

Walters said that Mashaba proposed giving the mayorship of Metsimaholo to the EFF in 2017 when he was the DA mayor of Johannesburg.

“He proposed giving away a municipality to the red berets to manage in exchange for support somewhere else. It must be noted here that the DA did not bend to his will, and eventually he left,” said Walters.

The DA released redacted internal communications between Mashaba and the DA Federal Executive (FedEx).

“Whether we like it or not, the EFF is a strategic partner of the DA to save SA. We can’t do it on our own. Clear FACT,” said Mashaba in the letter.

“I would like to close by appealing to us to use this EFF arrangement in Metsimaholo, to strengthen our relationship with them and our other coalition partners. EFF is going to rely on us to assist them to succeed,” concluded Mashaba.

The DA hit back at that point by saying, “Mr Mashaba clearly articulates his desire to see the EFF succeed, while the DA wants the EFF to fail so South Africa can succeed.”

“Whether we like it or not, the EFF is a strategic partner of the DA to save SA. We can’t do it on our own. Clear FACT.” – Mr Mashaba clearly sees the EFF as a partner, not a danger to the future of South Africa. EFF policies would take SA down the road to ruin, but Mr Mashaba sees them as a partner;

“My personal view is that if we don’t support them in this matter, I then don’t see why they must support us somewhere else. We would have demonstrated to them and some people of this country that we are an arrogant party that does not respect other political parties. It would be about narrow DA principles.” – Mr Mashaba here clearly does not think that DA principles such as the rule of law or the protection of private property matters. Furthermore, it shows his willingness to do whatever it takes to be in the good books of the EFF;

“I would like to close by appealing to us to use this EFF arrangement in Metsimaholo, to strengthen our relationship with them and our other coalition partners. EFF is going to rely on us to assist them to succeed.” – Mr Mashaba clearly articulates his desire to see the EFF succeed, while the DA wants the EFF to fail so South Africa can succeed.

Mashaba’s letter to the FedEx, DA comments in bold.

ACTIONSA GAUTENG CHAIPERSON ASKED THE DA TO APPOINT EFF MEMBERS TO MMC

Walters also took aim at John Moodley – a former DA Provincial Leader who eventually followed Mashaba out of the door.

Walters read the minutes of a 2019 meeting in which Moodley, now the ActionSA Gauteng Chairperson, asked the FedEx to appoint EFF members to two senior positions on the Johannesburg  Mayoral Committee.

“The Gauteng leader, Mr John Moodey, proposed that the Party offer the EFF two positions on the mayoral committee and noted that it is unlikely that voters will notice or remember said appointments as MMCs are not well known,” read the minutes.

Walters said the DA did not bend to Moodley’s will and he left to join ActionSA

“From these excerpts, it is clear that the ActionSA leadership believe that the EFF is a crucial partner in the future of South Africa,” said Walters.

“The DA believes that voters have the right to know if the party they are voting for will allow their vote to push the EFF into positions where they will govern.”

Walters went on to slam the EFF for “thriving on violence and chaos” and its stance on land expropriation without compensation. He positioned the DA as the only party big enough to take on the ANC “and keep the EFF out.”

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