“In Knysna, we went into a coalition with an independent candidate, Velile Waxa, who won a ward in Knysna, so that would give us an outright majority that would ensure that we build on the previous five years.”
Those are the words of Jaco Londt, the DA’s Eastern Region Manager, as published on the website of Eyewitness News.
Initially, the DA announced they’d won the 2016 Knysna Municipal Elections but once the results were finalised the town was faced with a hung council. Choosing a coalition partner was simple in that they had four options – the KUC, COPE, ACDP or Velile Waxa, the winner of Ward 4 and an ex-ANC local heavyweight.
Having many options would have given the DA room for negotiation towards the best possible deal for themselves.
I’d previously posted my opinion on what the DA could be looking at in each possible partner and who’d want the least from them. The choice of Waxa is no surprise.
The disappointment is that the announcement wasn’t made by the Knysna DA. Our town, whom they are supposed to serve, did not hear it first. Again it would seem that decisions affecting us are being made by powers far away.
That doesn’t alter the result. Congratulations to Velile Waxa. I hope that his ward is made stronger by the Democratic Alliance coalition deal.
Expect Eleanore Bouw-Spies to be be bejeweled as the Executive Mayor of Knysna on Monday.