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Gayton McKenzie hits back at Steenhuisen

Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie has lashed out at DA leader John Steenhuisen.

This comes after Steenhuisen lashed at parties which did not want to get into a pact with the DA to unseat the ANC.

“We believe that the outcome could provide opposition voters with something they have never had before: the credible prospect of victory. By working together, the pact can be greater than the sum of our collective parts,” Steenhuisen said.

Booysen said the fact that the pact was initiated before the election was a good move.

“Many of good coalitions the world over let the voters know beforehand who they would partner with after the election so that they knew who they are voting for. That is a good thing in coalition politics, voters must know who and what they are voting for.”

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She suggested that the initiative needed to grow bigger to become “something that can configure our politics. It must be big enough to take votes that the ANC has lost, otherwise currently the ANC and the EFF will still be able to form a majority in 2024”.

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Only six opposition parties have agreed to participate in the initiative, while several others were still mulling the idea to join. But some have boycotted it complete for various reasons.

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United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa said while the party was not opposed to the removal of the ANC from power, the UDM was unhappy with the manner in which the DA handled the issue.

Holomisa, who was among the first to call for a national convention over a decade ago, accused the DA of usurping the idea, despite the fact that it was a joint initiative of all opposition parties that were part of a forum they formed around the idea.

Source: https://www.news24.com/news24/politics/political-parties/the-da-has-a-baaskap-mentality-mckenzie-hits-back-at-steenhuisen-for-lambasting-parties-outside-moonshot-pact-20230705

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