The battle lines have been drawn between the DA and the EFF ahead of Thursday’s crucial vote to remove Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga. The DA made it clear that it would not accede to the EFF’s demand to field another candidate and said it was Msimanga, and only him, that the party would support for the position. The EFF and the ANC have the numbers to remove Msimanga from office if the parties stick to their threats. It would make Msimanga the second DA mayor in a week to be ousted. Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday following a special sitting of the party’s federal executive committee, leader Mmusi Maimane said the DA would stand on principle and if that meant losing power in any governments, “so be it”. “We refuse to compromise on our values to this new coalition of corruption. If the EFF hand back any DA-led coalition governments to the corrupt ANC, it will be for the people of SA to punish them at polls next year,” Maimane said. The vote against Msimanga, who is also the DA’s G...

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