Two weeks until municipal take-off – Cogta

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Johannesburg – With municipalities having just two weeks to call their first council meetings, it will be a tight deadline for political parties to form coalitions and sort out hung municipalities following Wednesday's local government elections.

“The municipal managers of all municipalities have 14 days within which to call the first council meetings and we envisage that this will happen sooner in most cases,” the co-operative governance and traditional affairs department (Cogta) said in a statement on Sunday, issued on behalf of an inter-ministerial committee on local government elections.

“At this meeting the speaker will be elected. The speaker will then take over proceedings and facilitate the election of the mayor of each municipality.”

Municipal managers were also expected to prepare handover reports and establish staff and ward committees.

The department said transitional processes would be overseen for reducing the number of local municipalities by 21. “We now have 257 municipalities across the country,” Cogta said.

The eight metropolitan municipalities and 44 district municipalities remain configured as before.

Coalitions order of the day

Following one of the most hotly-contested elections in post-democratic South Africa, the ANC only won outright majorities in Buffalo City, Mangaung and eThekwini. The party failed to get over 50% in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Mogale City in Gauteng, and in Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape.

The failure of any single party to break the 50% mark has resulted in a situation in which coalitions will be the order of the day for the next five years.

The inter-ministerial committee said the local government elections held last Wednesday “were fiercely contested in a spirit of remarkable political maturity and tolerance”.

The 200 parties and 61 014 candidates who stood for election were a record, said the committee.

New councillors would attend an induction programme run in conjunction with the SA Local Government Association.

“It is also important to note that the incoming councillors are duty bound to act within the constitutional parameters," Cogta said.

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