Small parties open to coalition in Nelson Mandela Bay, but 'not a blank cheque'

2016-08-05 20:54
COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota (File)

Port Elizabeth – The United Front (UF) and Cope said they were open to being courted for a coalition in Nelson Mandela Bay – but only if their demands were met.

The DA has managed to get 57 of the seats in council, while the ANC has secured 50.

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Both parties now have to knock on the doors of the smaller parties, if they want to form a coalition.

While the UDM’s Mongameli Bobani – whose party has managed to earn two seats in council – indicated that he was very open to a coalition with the DA, the UF and Cope were looking to be convinced.

Bobani told media on Friday he was excited that the ANC had lost the Bay, after losing 12 council seats.

"President Jacob Zuma once said the ANC would rule until Jesus comes, now Jesus has come early in Nelson Mandela Bay. Thank God, we have been saved from hell," he said.

"I am feeling great now that our colleagues are out and the UDM are kingmakers. God has answered our prayers," he said.

Working class

UF regional secretary Mkhuseli Mtsila said they were open to a coalition with any party, but it would not be a blank cheque.

"It would only be with a party that looks at the interests of the working class," he said.

Cope’s Khwezi Ntshanyane said the people of Nelson Mandela Bay had been calling for parties to work together for a while.

He said while they were not sure who they were leaning towards, they would still have to discuss with national leadership.

"But we cannot forget that, since he has come in, Danny Jordaan has done sterling work," he said.

Other parties with one seat each are the ACDP, Patriotic Alliance and AIC.

The DA needs five more seats to run Nelson Mandela Bay.

The DA can govern Nelson Mandela Bay municipality without having to form a coalition with the EFF, News24 reported earlier.

The UDM won two seats and the following parties, one seat each: African Independent Congress, United Front, Cope, ACDP and Patriotic Alliance.

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