Rustenburg coalition talks still fuzzy

2016-08-17 22:32

Johannesburg – It is still unclear who will be taking over the Rustenburg municipality, even after a pronouncement by EFF leader Julius Malema that the Forum for Service Delivery (F4SD) will govern with the red berets' votes in the municipality.

The ANC won 43 seats in council, failing to reach an outright majority in the municipality.

However, should the smaller parties form a coalition, combined they would have 46 council seats beating the ANC and taking away from them the platinum belt of South Africa.

The EFF won 24 seats, the DA took 14. The F4SD won four seats. The United Democratic Movement, the African Independent Congress (AIC) and FF Plus each have one seat.

FF Plus leader Pieter Mulder told News24 that Malema's announcement on Rustenburg had come as a surprise given that there had been no discussions about " possible co-operations there yet".  He did not, however, rule out any talks.

"Rustenburg is quite a complicated one, we will have to look at it after what Malema said. We must do calculations," he said.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said his party was still in discussions about possible coalitions.

FSD4 to meet with DA

He said it had delegated power down to the province. "Our principle commitment still remains [that] we must put an opposition government there as well. At this point in time the discussions are still taking place and the Rustenburg council has been postponed," Maimane told journalists.  

Maimane added that it was crucial that opposition leads in Rustenburg to ensure that services are delivered and corruption is eradicated.

F4SD would be meeting with a DA delegation on Wednesday evening to finalise its talks, its media liaison Bosa Ledwaba said.

"We are still in talks with other smaller parties. We will make a pronouncement before Friday," she said.  

The AIC announced that it would go into coalition with the ANC nationally. 

Meanwhile, the City of Ekurhuleni announced that the inaugural council meeting planned for Friday had been postponed to Tuesday, August 23, when a mayor and speaker would be elected.

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