Durban - The DA wants a cooperation agreement to be signed by opposition parties before the current ANC leadership in the KwaDukuza Municipality can be removed through a motion of no confidence.
The DA says it still wishes to engage with opposition parties in the KwaDukuza Municipality to remove the ANC from power.
In a statement, the party outlined what it saw as a stumbling block to the efforts led by ActionSA to remove the ANC.
The party had initially been part of the engagements but pulled out, citing concerns.
A motion of no confidence was scheduled for last week but was not tabled because the meeting collapsed. ActionSA has said it is preparing a new motion of no confidence.
The DA said on Thursday: “It remains our wish for parties to return to the negotiating table, as has been our stance and invitation since July 25, 2022.”
The party said it is concerned that the motion of no confidence would create chaos if the opposition parties do not have an agreement in place.
It said its Federal Council chairperson Helen Zille had addressed KwaDukuza residents during a virtual meeting on August 2.
The party said Zille explained the importance the DA places on having a signed and agreed upon coalition agreement before any motion of no confidence can take place.
“Any motion of no confidence without a signed agreement is unlikely to find majority support among opposition parties.
“The DA maintains the three ‘red line’ issues over the ‘collaboration’ with the EFF, allowing politicians to have influence over the appointment of municipal officials and a budget and steering committee outside of legislation must be resolved before a coalition is agreed to.
“Once the coalition agreement has been signed and finalised, then we are confident a multi-party motion of no confidence can be brought to a KwaDukuza council meeting, and which will receive support from all political parties,” it said.
It said anything short of this logical, tried and tested approach is likely to put the municipality in danger of being placed under administration, the party said.