National 12.8.2016 08:36 am

Coalition talks deal fresh blow to ANC

President Jacob Zuma shakes hands with the ANC Western Cape provincial chairman Marius Fransman during the party's election campaign at Phillipi on July 21, 2016 in Cape Town. Picture: Gallo Images

President Jacob Zuma shakes hands with the ANC Western Cape provincial chairman Marius Fransman during the party's election campaign at Phillipi on July 21, 2016 in Cape Town. Picture: Gallo Images

Another four municipalities have reportedly gone the way of the DA in the Western Cape, while a coalition in Ekurhuleni looks finalised for the ANC.

Rand Daily Mail has reported that the ANC’s power in the Western Cape will be watered down even further after a deal to supposedly be announced on Friday between the DA, the Karoo Gemeenskap Party, Karoo Democratic Force and the Karoo Ontwikkelings Party.

The deal involves the DA agreeing to “give control of three municipalities to the smaller parties in exchange for running Beaufort West, where the deal will see controversial ANC leader Truman Prince unseated as mayor”.

The website reports that the Karoo Gemeenskap Party will “get the mayoral position in Prince Albert and the Karoo Ontwikkelings Party will occupy the mayor’s seat in Laingsburg”.

Karoo Democratic Force would take charge of the Central Karoo District municipality and the Karoo Gemeenskap Party would get the jobs of deputy mayor and speaker.

However, the ANC told the publication that it would be forming a coalition with the Active United Front to form a coalition to lead the Bitou municipality in Plettenberg Bay.

Meanwhile, it was reported that the ANC may have reached a deal with the PAC and AIC to ensure that it would govern the Ekurhuleni metro.

 

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