In late October 2022, the DA conducted bi-lateral talks with the IFP to bolster their relationship with a view to pursuing common interests, the most pressing of which is to remove the corrupt ANC from power in KwaZulu Natal.
The DA and the IFP have a working relationship in multiple coalition governments across South Africa.
With the by-election looming in Ward 99 in eThekwini, the ANC stands to benefit from a divided opposition.
With this in mind, the DA has taken the decision to step back from contesting this by-election in order to allow our voters the option to remove the ANC from power in Umkomaas once and for all. This makes strategic sense with the IFP being a bigger party on the ward.
It is a viewed shared by the IFP that where the DA has a greater chance of victory, they too would step back to assist in removing the ANC.
This will also have important consequences in the eThekwini Municipality which is governed by a fragile ANC-led coalition
This decision is taken in the best interests of our voters and the community of Ward 99. The DA is committed to being at the centre of rational politics in our country for the betterment of the lives of all South Africans.