Gauteng ANC in talks over coalitions - Mashatile

2016-08-06 12:17

Johannesburg - The ANC in Gauteng said on Saturday morning that it is already in talks with other parties about coalitions, although it did not want to say who they were.

Speaking to the media at the IEC results centre, the ANC's provincial chairperson, Paul Mashatile, said the party believed there were no outright winners in Tshwane and Johannesburg.

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"Clearly, as the results show in some of the metros, there is not an outright winner. What it means is that as parties we must get down to negotiations now."

Mashatile said the ANC had already been approached by other parties, and had themselves approached others to negotiate possible coalitions.

"As the ANC, we have been approached by other parties and we are also talking to some of them," he said.

"We will spend this weekend engaging in those negotiations because otherwise, if there is not an outright winner, if we don't talk and have coalitions it means you have hung parliaments and you are unable to proceed."

Mashatile said the ANC would have to address the low turnout of voters in some key wards, but said that the party was happy with its performance in other municipalities.

With 99% of the vote completed in Tshwane late on Saturday morning, the DA currently has 43.12%, while the ANC has 41.21%. In Johannesburg, with 90% of the votes in, the ANC has 42.47% and the DA 40.87%.

The EFF has 10.71% in Johannesburg and 11.71% in Tshwane.

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