An official coalition was formed between the DA, the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus), Congress of the People (COPE), African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and the UDM after the ANC lost its majority in key metros and multiple municipalities across the country.
Trollip and three other DA mayors — Herman Mashaba, Solly Msimanga and Patricia de Lille — held a media briefing in Soweto on Thursday where they detailed developments in each of the metros since the local government elections in 2016.
However, the party’s coalition partners were unhappy with the DA holding the briefing on its own.
Holomisa said he would have expected that all leaders of the coalition parties would have been there to give feedback on the year in office as the coalition governed together.
Pieter Groenewald from the FF Plus said it was unacceptable for the DA to hold such a press briefing on its own.
Groenewald and COPE leader Mosioua Lekota said they would raise the issue with DA leader Mmusi Maimane.
“The government is not a DA government. It is a coalition government,” Lekota said.
ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe agreed with the UDM, COPE and the FF Plus. He said the right thing for a multiparty government was to hold a joint media briefing. “We have always said to the DA we are all senior [coalition] partners “
Meanwhile, Maimane said that he was pleased the national coalition agreement still stood one year on and that the coalition cities would be a blueprint for the party.