National 6.8.2016 07:46 pm

ANC ‘urgently’ courting FF Plus for coalition, Malema alleges

ANC supporters. (File Photo by Gallo Images / City Presss / Khaya Ngwenya)

ANC supporters. (File Photo by Gallo Images / City Presss / Khaya Ngwenya)

With the era of coalition politics upon us, the ANC is reportedly already courting its first strange bedfellow after earlier today denying it had been planning a victory party.

The ANC in Limpopo is allegedly calling for an urgent meeting with the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) in relation to a coalition.

In the letter, the ANC in Limpopo calls for an urgent meeting with the party that has declared war on affirmative active, quotas and, some say paradoxically, racism.

The letter, publicised by EFF leader Julius Malema on Twitter, bears what looks like the signatures of ANC chairperson in Limpopo Chupa Mathabatha, and provincial secretary Nocks Seabi. It is directed to the Freedom Front Plus, asking for a coalition in Thabazimbi and the Modimolle/Mookgophong local municipalities.

“The leadership in Limpopo hereby requests an urgent meeting with the leadership of the Freedom Front Plus for purposes of negotiating the formation of a political coalition in the Thabazimbi and Modimolle/Mookgophong local municipalities respectively,” reads the letter.

In Thabazimbi, the ANC won by 45,3% followed by the DA scooping 22,21% and EFF at 20,24%. In Modimolle/Mookgophong, the ANC won by 47,689%, the DA scooped 24,11% and the EFF got 19,44%.

Although having majority votes nationally, the ANC has been dealt a serious blow after losing key metros Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.

Meanwhile, the ANC denied it was planning a “victory party” to celebrate the results of the municipal elections later in the day.

The ANC had noted information being circulated on social media platforms suggesting the organisation had cancelled a “victory party” supposedly to be held following the announcement of the election results, ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said.

“The information is incorrect and pure conjecture,” he said. Although the ANC traditionally held a function at the end of an election to thank volunteers, members, and staff for their efforts during the campaign, no concrete plans had yet been made in this regard.

“The possibility was discussed in the course of elections planning and tentative arrangements made, but no firm decision taken.”

Both the ANC leadership and membership had been immersed in campaigning in the lead-up to the elections, and since voting day on August 3 had had a sustained presence at the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s (IEC) national results center in Pretoria.

“As a result, the holding of a post-election function has not been prioritised. There is therefore no ANC ‘victory party’ scheduled today [Saturday],” Kodwa said. – Additional reporting by ANA



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