Zille denies pre-election ‘agreement’ with Ramaphosa

Zille denies pre-election ‘agreement’ with Ramaphosa

DA federal council chair Hellen Zille has rubbished claims by EFF leader Julius Malema that she had entered into a pre-election agreement with ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Hellen Zille

Zille was speaking at the party’s media briefing on Friday.

This was a day after Malema told the media that the EFF voted in support of the DA to stop Zille and Ramaphosa’s plan to keep the metros out of EFF hands.

Zille says the allegations are far from the truth.

“There was no agreement at all with Ramaphosa. In fact, the only agreement that I knew that was being negotiated, everyone knew that it was being negotiated, was the attempt facilitated by Julius that he should be given the City of Tshwane to govern, that Herman Mashaba and ActionSA be given City of Joburg, and the ANC be given the City of Ekurhuleni.

“And he idea was that they would take over those governments completely, the other parties would go into opposition and it would be like handing out sweets at a children's birthday party.”

She added that Malema doesn't want to be in government, but he wants to control officials who are in government.

 Zille further labelled the DA’a agreement with the EFF in 2016 as a big mistake.

“When I listened to Malema’s words, I thought to myself he is acting like a jilted lover. Remember in 2016 we had a relationship with Malema, that was one of the biggest mistake the DA has ever made and I conceded.

“But we went to some kind of engagement, I suppose; a long term on-off dating relationship in which they gave us minority governance but expected us to be true to them and not date anyone else.”


Listen to more local news below Jacaranda
Jacaranda FM

Show's Stories