SOUTH AFRICAN OPPOSITION PARTIES FORM COALITION TO CHALLEGE RULING ANC

JOHANNESBURG, A group of opposition parties have formed a cvoalition which they say will be able to govern South Africa better than the ruling party, the African national Congress (ANC).

The group comprises the biggest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), Congress of the People (COPE), African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and Freedom Front Plus (FFP). However, the second biggest opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has not joined the group.

The opposition parties say the recently passed budgets in the metropolitan areas run by the coalition parties had focused on creating jobs and providing quality services for the poor.

COPE leader Mosuioa Lekota said that despite taking over metros which had employees with no proper qualifications, a lot had been achieved by the coalition partners.

COPE and the ACDP voiced their concerns regarding illegal foreign nationals. Lekota blamed the housing challenges in the City of Johannesburg on foreign nationals.

He said that under municipalities that are run by the coalition, hijacked buildings would be recaptured, renovated and allocated to locals.

Lekota blamed the ANC for allowing the problem to flourish during its tenure in office. He said the influx of foreign nationals had also collapsed businesses owned by South Africans in most townships and that this is unacceptable.

People are being allowed to flood South Africa from other countries. Most of the people in the cities occupying building are people from outside the country. We are not xenophobic. We need to appreciate that unless opposition coalition of this nature access provincial and national where we can control people coming from other countries and say to them, well you are welcome when you are refugees, but let's set up refugee camps . Our own south Africans were in exile but were not allowed to occupy cities of those countries and then push citizens out, says Lekota.

There was a general consensus amongst partners that the fight against corruption should be a priority.

Meanwhile, there are no formal talks among coalition partners as to how they will deal with the upcoming general election due next year.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK