Parties Align to Begin Talks to Provide Joburg with an Alternative

ActionSA, the IFP, the ACDP and the UIM met yesterday evening to discuss the events in Johannesburg over the past few days.

These parties are pleased by the resignation of former Mayor Thapelo Amad and recognise that this resignation arises from pressure that has been through to bear by a number of parties and not any single party. This resignation is a victory for the residents of Joburg who cannot be saddled any longer with the compromise candidates that the ANC and EFF foist upon a City with complex challenges.

These parties equally express their disappointment at the DA making a unilateral announcement about their mayoral candidate without consulting any of the former coalition parties that elected Dr Phalatse in November 2021. This is inconsistent with the sensible sentiment expressed by DA Leader John Steenhuisen in announcing the moonshot pact.

As a direct result of the DA’s dismissal of the PA, Dr Phalatse has no path to being elected Mayor and the announcement today does not serve the purpose of replacing the ANC and EFF as per the stated intention of the moonshot pact.

The meeting has resolved that these parties will begin to explore possible coalition formulations that may see a mayoral candidate being nominated at the council meeting to elect the Mayor that can provide a viable prospect of replacing the ANC and EFF in Johannesburg. We are sufficiently driven by our commitment to residents of Joburg, and South Africans we seek change in 2024, that we must be an alternative.

The parties are deeply sensitive to the instability that has arisen in Johannesburg and recognise the impact this has on the residents of the City who face real challenges. We commit that the requirement of any coalition option to be explored in the coming days will be about bringing stability and services to a City that has been left down.