Port Elizabeth – DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip has already identified political parties that he wants to charm into a coalition, he said on Friday.
The party has confirmed they are in talks with the UDM, which has secured two seats in the hotly contested Nelson Mandela Bay.
The DA, which has 57 seats in council, would need two more should they get the UDM in the bag.
"We will be putting together a government," he said.
Once the results have been officially declared, which is expected to on Saturday, the city would have 14 days to set up an executive council.
A new mayor would be elected by council, and Trollip is confident that he would be walking into the city hall once coalition negotiations are done.
The DA provincial leader said he had already talked to the UDM's Mongameli Bobani in the region informally and would formalise the talks on Friday.
"We need four councillors to form a majority; I've identified who I want to speak to. It would be premature to tell you though. Bobani will be central to that. Even if the EFF is not in our plans to form a coalition government, they are certainly going to be part of my plans to run the city and do it properly," he said.
Inspired by Mandela
Trollip said he did not take the fact that the party has grown in the city named after former ANC president Nelson Mandela lightly.
During a victory lap in Nelson Mandela Bay's historic Donkin Village, Trollip said it was maybe fitting that they had to co-operate with other parties to achieve their goals.
"Mandela knew that and encouraged South Africans to work together. The fact that we have to work together to deliver our manifesto is going to be historical," he said.
Once in office, Trollip plans to sweep out corruption, and keep those who were interested in working for the people, he said.
"Once we have identified who the self-serving people are, we'll get them out of the way and implement a regime where we will be committed to service delivery."
He was confident that there were enough people in the city who wanted to make it work.
Some of the projects he aims to tackle, once in office, include the long standing IPTS bus saga and the metro police in the region.
In five years, he said, the city will not be recognisable. And in ten years, it would be an international hub, he believes.
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