Municipal elections: Now it’s time for coalition talks

2016-08-10 06:00
Mongameli Bobani, UDM

Mongameli Bobani, UDM

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WHILE the DA’s Athol Trollip did not want to comment over the weekend over the party’s coalition partners, there were plenty of rumours going around that the UDM’s leader in Nelson Mandela Bay, Mongameli Bobani, could be the new deputy mayor of the Metro.

The DA, which won 57 of the 120 seats in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) needs 4 for an outright majority.

The ANC has 50 seats, the EFF six and the UDM two, while COPE, the United Front, the Patriotic Alliance, the ACDP and the AIC each won one seat in Wednesday’s municipal elections.

“The discussions are taking place. I cannot say anything at this time,” Trollip said on Sunday.

Bobani was also not willing to say more than the fact that coalition discussions were handled at national level.

The United Front confirmed that the DA approached them on Friday with regard to a coalition in Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

Khusta Mtsila confirmed on Sunday, however, that not only the DA, but also the ANC have approached the United Front in this regard.

“With who we will be working together, will depend on the other party’s principles and policies.

“We serve a specific constituency and we cannot compromise on our policies and identity. An agreement with these parties must include this,” said Mtsila.

Marlon Daniels of the Patriotic Alliance (PA), a party who campaigns for the people of the northern areas, said they are willing to work together with any party in a coalition government.

“I do not want comment on this, but yes, we are in discussions,” he added.

According to him the PA will hold a media conference this week over the coalition issue.

Trollip said on Friday to the media and on Saturday to DA supporters that they have been in discussions with the UDM (two seats) with regard to a coalition.

Bantu Holomisa, UDM-leader, confirmed on Thursday in Pretoria that Mmusi Maimane, DA leader, has approaced him as coalition partner.

Khwezi Ntshenyana, COPE leader in NMBM, also said coalition discussions take place at national level.

“We therefore have to wait from directives from our national leaders,” he said.

The ANC on Sunday did not react to questions about the party’s coalition discussions.

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