‘ANC coalition worse than DA coalition’: PA rejects Joburg budget.

‘ANC coalition worse than DA coalition’: PA rejects Joburg budget.Photo: Facebook.

PA refuses Joburg budget citing ANC coalition as worse than DA coalition

The Johannesburg ANC-EFF coalition faces uncertainty as the PA criticizes budget allocations, hinting at potential instability.

‘ANC coalition worse than DA coalition’: PA rejects Joburg budget.

‘ANC coalition worse than DA coalition’: PA rejects Joburg budget.Photo: Facebook.

In Johannesburg, the Patriotic Alliance (PA) has characterized a coalition with the African National Congress (ANC) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) as inferior to one with the Democratic Alliance (DA).

PA refues Joburg budget

The PA expressed outrage at Finance MMC Dada Morero’s budget speech on Tuesday, 14 May.

During the budget speech debate on Wednesday, PA councillor Lois Simonse criticised the ANC, alleging disrespect.

“It was very difficult to be in a government with the DA because they were de-campaigning us while we were supposed to be governing with them. Perhaps, we should not be surprised that it is now becoming worse under the ANC and the Finance MMC,” Simonse said.

Councillor Simonse raised concerns that the budget needed to represent the constituencies associated with the PA adequately.

“In the whole budget, the wards governed by the PA has not received anything…. Kliptown referred to in this budget is situated in Region D while the other parts of Region G remain neglected,” she said.

According to The Citizen, Simonse pointedly reminded both the ANC and the EFF that it was the PA’s support that facilitated their return to power after the collapse of the DA-led multi-party coalition.

“As the PA, we are the ones that essentially brought the GLU [Government of Local Unity] to life and today we are being taken for granted. At no point did we even have input in this budget,” she remarked.

Simonse explained that the PA had decided to join the ANC-EFF coalition because they believed it would be the most beneficial choice for Johannesburg’s residents at the time.

“We joined the government because we believed it had a very real potential to bring service delivery transformation and hopefully a way forward for our people who have been taken for granted for decades,” Simonse continued.

The PA opted not to support the budget through voting. Simonse further criticized the ANC, labelling them as “arrogant,” and urged voters to support the PA instead.

Conversely, the DA labelled the PA as “flip-floppers,” accusing them of prioritising positions over genuine service delivery.

It remains to be seen whether the PA’s public critique of the GLU would result in the party withdrawing from the coalition.

DA chief whip Gwarube discusses multi-party dynamics, Steenhuisen’s role, and efforts to “dislodge” the ANC

During the discussion, Siviwe Gwarube deliberated on the performance of Parliament’s 6th administration, her party’s goals, past achievements, and the DA’s governance of the Western Cape, including its approach to managing coalitions.

“We are not in the business of resuscitating the ANC from its death bed.” 

This perspective comes from Siviwe Gwarube, the Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Parliament.

She dismisses any speculation that, despite the DA spearheading a multi-party initiative aimed at ousting the African National Congress (ANC) from power, her party might consider forming a coalition with the ANC if the chance presents itself.

According to Eyewitness News, during the discussion, she reviewed the performance of Parliament’s outgoing 6th administration, discussed her party’s goals and achievements, and examined the Democratic Alliance’s governance of the Western Cape, including its approach to coalition management.