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ActionSA has closed door on mooted EFF coalition, says Herman Mashaba

ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba confirmed that it’s senate met and resolved to close the door on a proposal presented by the EFF. Picture: Bongani Mbatha/African News Agency (ANA)

ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba confirmed that it’s senate met and resolved to close the door on a proposal presented by the EFF. Picture: Bongani Mbatha/African News Agency (ANA)

Published Nov 13, 2021

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Johannesburg – Things are heating up as coalition talks between new kids on the block ActionSA and potential king makers EFF falter.

On Saturday morning ActionSA confirmed that it’s senate met on Friday night and resolved to close the door on a proposal presented by the EFF.

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The party alleged that the EFF is in the same bed with the ANC. From the outset ActionSA said they would never form a coalition with the ANC, accusing them of being corrupt.

“I have personally written to the EFF and communicated our position. It was a letter that respectfully expressed our appreciation for their engagements and our reservations regarding their proposal,” said ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba..

He said in the event of ActionSA going into a coalition it would be on the basis of collaborating with parties that prioritise service delivery.

“While our senate discussed a range of issues with the proposal, the primary issue related to the proposal being dependent on ANC support. ActionSA committed during the campaign that we would never work with the ANC, and any arrangement that is dependent on ANC support would be a violation of that commitment to the South African people,” Mashaba said.

He further said: “ActionSA has been unapologetic that you cannot fix the problem in South Africa by partnering with the ANC which is the cause of that problem.”

Mashaba said under such an arrangement service delivery cannot be prioritised because the ANC wants departments filled with people appointed on the basis of who they know, not what they know.

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“Under such an arrangement ActionSA could not fulfil its mandate to fight corruption because it would, invariably, be investigating and acting against those with whom it is in coalition.

“ActionSA is working tirelessly with other political parties to produce a coalition arrangement that puts the residents first. We call upon all like-minded parties, in this respect, to act quickly and decisively and to put in place an arrangement that reflects the will of the South African people to remove the ANC from power and keep them in the opposition benches so that the work to fix South Africa can begin. To this imperative, we redouble our resolve,” Mashaba said.

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