ANC breakaway party the African Independent Congress (AIC) may be the deciding factor on who rules the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, depending on whether the party takes the DA up on its latest offer. In a last-ditch attempt to unseat the ANC in Ekurhuleni, the DA has offered mayoral committee positions to opposition parties in exchange for their votes.
The DA won only 77 seats to the ruling party’s 109, but most of the opposition parties – save for the AIC and PAC – have agreed to side with the DA to unseat the ANC.
Last week, the AIC finalised its coalition agreement with the ruling party in KwaZulu-Natal, despite admitting it did not trust the ANC. At the time, the AIC agreed to vote with the ANC in Ekurhuleni, along with the PAC and Patriotic Alliance (PA), to give it control of the municipality.
The EFF had agreed to vote with the DA in all hung municipalities, but the Blues would need the support of all the opposition parties in the council to take control.
IFP spokesperson Narend Singh told The Citizen the party had reached an agreement with most of the opposition parties that they would vote against the ANC, but they were still unsure of the AIC and PAC’s positions.
“We have an agreement with the opposition parties Cope, UDM and others,” Singh said, “but we must still ask the AIC which side it will take.”
The AIC (4 seats), IFP (2 seats), FF+ (2 seats) and Cope, ACDP, PAC, PA and the Independent Ratepayers Association with one seat each, make up 13 seats in total. Without the AIC, the DA’s plan to govern the municipality would fall flat.
The AIC and PAC were not available for comment at the time of going to press.