However, DA federal council chair Helen Zille denied the accusations. In lengthy statement, Zille accused Mashaba of wanting to rope in the EFF, despite its rejection in the coalition talks by the DA.
“The meaning of ‘double-cross’ is to deceive or betray a person with whom one is supposedly working. We have not double-crossed Herman Mashaba. Even more importantly, we have not double-crossed the voters,” said Zille.
“Mashaba’s plan to become mayor of Johannesburg proposes that he be at the helm of a minority coalition that cannot govern without the EFF. We have been through that movie before in the difficult (often traumatic) years since 2016. We said we would not repeat it.
“We have never misled him nor given a contrary indication. He has not been double-crossed.”
In response to Zille’s statement, Mashaba said she was a “habitual liar” who will “always remain a habitual liar”.