Coalition talks loom large for ANC, NFP

2011-05-22 09:20

A coalition between the ANC and the National Freedom Party (NFP) to run ­KwaZulu-Natal’s 12 hung municipalites is on the cards.

Although the leaders of all three major parties say they will only be discussing post-election coalitions from today, party insiders suggest that a working pact between the NFP and the ANC is the only workable outcome.

Neither seems particularly keen to enter into a coalition with the IFP.

For the NFP, the bitterness of Mangosuthu Buthelezi towards the party and its leader, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi makes an alliance with the party it split from three months ago an outside option.

Magwaza-Msibi said her party’s working committee would meet today to discuss coalitions in the various municipalities where it had councillors.

“This is not my decision. It is a decision that will be taken by the collective leadership.

“Our decision will be guided by which working relationships will deliver the best results for our people,” she said.

Buthelezi is understood to have called Magwaza-Msibi on Friday evening to unsuccessfully initiate talks with her.

For the ANC, its bad experience of coalition politics with the IFP and what one ANC leader described as the “erratic” behaviour of Buthelezi, mitigate against a working alliance.

There is no clear majority at Hlabisa, Indaka, Mtshezi, Ukahlamba, Emandlageni, Nqutu, Umvoti, Imbabazane, Dannhauser, Mtojaneni, Nkandla and Big Five False Bay local municipalities. This will impact on at least five district municipalities.

In Zululand, the IFP’s heartland, the NFP controls Nongoma and eDumbe, the IFP holds Ulundi and the ANC HAS uPhongolo and Abaqulusi.

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