DA insists it filled the stadium, denies approaching Vavi for coalition talks

The Democratic Alliance on Monday denied that they failed to fill the Rand Stadium at its' manifesto launch over the weekend.

702's Stephen Grootes (standing in for John Robbie) spoke to national spokesperson of the DA, Phumzile van Damme, about the issue and other local government elections matters.

Listen to the interview below:

The stadium was absolutely full. There was an overflow area on the pitch with an excess of 20 000 people.

Phumzile van Damme, DA national spokesperson

Our policies are absolutely different from the ANC. Where we govern, we've implemented them and they've worked.

Phumzile van Damme, DA national spokesperson

We agree that there needs to be black economic empowerment, we don't agree with the manner that the ANC implements it. Our version of black economic empowerment is one that is truly broad based.

Phumzile van Damme, DA national spokesperson

Van Damme denied that DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, approached Zwelinzima Vavi to engage him on a possible coalition with the United Front to secure a majority in Nelson Mandela Bay.

There was definitely no discussion of coalitions. Mmusi Maimane (as the leader of the opposition) regularly meets with leaders of other parties, civil society. The other day, he met with Desmond Tutu.

Phumzile van Damme, DA national spokesperson

We're contesting the elections on our own steam, we fully intend on winning an outright majority...Maybe Vavi misunderstood the intention of the meeting.

Phumzile van Damme, DA national spokesperson
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