Parties mull municipal coalitions

2011-05-23 14:16

Cape Town - The ANC, DA and Cope were locked in top level meetings on Monday to mull coalition pacts in municipalities where the two biggest parties failed to secure clear majorities in last week's local government elections.

ANC Western Cape secretary Songeza Mjongile said his party was looking to form coalitions in 13 municipalities in the province where the ANC sustained severe losses, losing control even of strongholds like Breede River and Saldanha Bay.

"We are looking at forming coalitions in all 13 municipalities, we are not excluding any," Mjongile said.
"We will talk to all parties, we hope to know by Wednesday."

The ANC's national working committee was meeting for an expected post-mortem of the vote that saw the party's national share of the vote dip to 62%.

Cope mum on possible DA coalition

Its hopes for finding governing partners in hung municipalities were under threat from a mooted national coalition agreement between the Democratic Alliance and Cope, which took 2.1% of the vote nationally.

Cope spokesperson Phillip Dexter said the party's working committee would meet on Monday and its congress national committee on Tuesday.

"At these meetings we will discuss the elections and the results and whether we want coalitions," he said.

Dexter said he could not comment on a possible national coalition agreement with the DA until the meetings were over, but confirmed that Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota had held talks with DA leader Helen Zille.

Lekota was quoted at the weekend as saying that comparing the service delivery record of the DA to the ANC’s record of corruption made the decision on who to side with easy for Cope.

The chairperson of the DA's federal executive, James Selfe, also confirmed that the DA and Cope were discussing a national deal that would cover municipalities where coalitions were feasible.

Selfe said the DA would steer clear of unstable coalitions with smaller parties that could compromise its ability to govern.

The kingmaker

The DA is especially anxious to form a governing coalition in the Western Cape's Bitou municipality which party officials have described as an instance of "the worst ANC corruption".

The election produced a hung council and Cope, with one seat, would be kingmaker.

The Cape Times quoted the DA's Donald Grant as saying Cope would find "greater synergy and potential traction" with the DA than with the ANC, but talks could not be rushed.

The DA was holding a meeting of its federal executive in Cape Town.

The party increased its national share of votes to 23.9%, to a large extent by taking support away from small parties.

  • nic - 2011-05-23 14:23

    "Lekota was quoted at the weekend as saying that comparing the service delivery record of the DA to the ANC’s record of corruption made the decision on who to side with easy for Cope." LOVE IT!

      Dundermoose - 2011-05-23 15:27

      I disagree with the final statement "The party increased its national share of votes to 23.9%, to a large extent by taking support away from small parties." I think the DA took away a LOT of ANC support, it's just the the crumbling IFP and COPE gave up a lot of their support to the ANC. I recon we would have seen a 24% DA vs 55% ANC split if COPE and the IFP had remained strong.

      SouthAfrican - 2011-05-23 15:27

      Don't forget that Lekota is an ex-ANC disgruntled member. Having said that it is clear that the people of Mzantsi are slowly but surely seeing the truth about ANC. It must be sad for the REAL leaders (your Mbeki's and Madiba's etc) of the party to see how it is being run by uneducated and greedy comrades...

      summerskye6 - 2011-05-23 18:18

      Lekota is a man of principle. He will not get into bed with the ANC under any circumstances and he has a very strong relationship with Zille.

  • One-Man Riot - 2011-05-23 14:25

    Well I really hope that everything will work out for the best and that the right people will govern. The People of South Africa really deserves better than corrupt leaders who have no, absolutely no interest in providing for their citizens...

  • waine - 2011-05-23 14:43

    Is it remotely possible that the political tide is changing in SA? Is this the start of things to come, where the poor undeucated masses vote with their heads and not their hearts?

  • Uwe Klopfer - 2011-05-23 14:44

    cope must remember one thing, and the following is true in south africa : We have those that vote for the ANC and those that vote against it. I think that any party that forms a coalition with the ANC is lettings its supporters down. And thats not an anti ANC comment, just a factual one

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-23 14:48

    Even if its just a glimmer...there is cope, sorry hope !

  • Nintendo - 2011-05-23 14:48

    that Lekota was a large part of whats wrong with the ANC today....

      DeonL - 2011-05-23 15:03

      I disagree, Lekota is one of few "cadres" in the past that wanted to get rid of corrupt people in Gov. He even tried to rid Cope from Sam S as it semmed as if Sam was going the same corrupt way in Cope as in the Anc.

      summerskye6 - 2011-05-23 18:21

      Nonsense Nintendo. Lekota is a real leader who will not accept corruption etc from anyone, even within his own party. Shilowa has been another casualty because of this committment to good governance by lekota. DeonL has said it well.

  • thobsion.ANC - 2011-05-23 14:52

    I like the way they shout word corruption. Ha ha ha....what the heck is going on here. Who is not corrupt? *****Thinking*******

      mike881 - 2011-05-23 15:06

      Easy to establish who is corrupt - simply look at who the contracts/tenders are awarded to. If it is a spouse or family member then corruption is obvious. Secondly look at who is abusing their official privileges (over the top official vehicles, 5 star hotel stays etc If from all this you still cannot deduce who the corrupt are, then there is no hope for this country!

      Point Blank - 2011-05-23 15:24

      @thobsion, no real decider here.... ;)

      daboss247365 - 2011-05-23 15:27

      Lol, Thobison, good point there...

      Ingie - 2011-05-23 15:30

      Can you not see for yourself who are the corrput ones. NOt saying it not all in parties BUT MAINLY THE ANC. What they can steal for themselves they will. Stealing the money for homes, elect, water, toilets,jobs etc the list goes on and now they are crying because they have lost votes. EISH maybe they should get up and smell the roses. The people are tired of them and want better service delivery. TOO LATE SHE CRIED!!!!

  • jdeeathome - 2011-05-23 14:52

    i vote in a way that i feel is best for me and best for those around me, unfortunately the anc have proved there incompetence so for me a good fight at the polls will stem improvement. what i dont like is the intimidation and threats some had to endure to make a vote of Conscience

  • Smindlo - 2011-05-23 14:54

    I would be offended if the party I voted for gets into bed with the ANC, the ANC I did not vote for as it tolerates corruption, incompetence, lazyness and promotes cronysm. DA if you get into bed with the ANC criminals you night as well forget about my vote in future.

  • Boerseun - 2011-05-23 15:10

    If the DA and Cope have any common sense, they will work together.

      daboss247365 - 2011-05-23 15:28

      If the DA has common sense they will stay away from Cope, as Cope seems to be the true colours of the ANC just not good enough at hiding them.. 2 year leadership battle? NO funds for campaigning, all municipalities in chaos. No thanks...

  • Ingie - 2011-05-23 15:32

    Can no one not see for who are the corrput ones. Not saying that it has not all other parties BUT MAIN culprit THE ANC. Very greedy and thinking only of themselves. What they can steal for themselves they will. Stealing the money for homes, elect, water, toilets,jobs etc the list goes on and now they are crying because they have lost votes. EISH maybe they should get up and smell the roses. The people are tired of them and want better service delivery. TOO LATE SHE CRIED!!!!

  • Serias - 2011-05-23 15:32

    Getting into bed with the ANC is like getting into bed with a prostitute with STD's and not using any protection. A sure way of picking up the "slow puncture".

  • thobsion.ANC - 2011-05-23 15:34

    @Mike881 but every document to any organisation issuing a tender has a declaration of any conflict of interest or you suggest that people are not honest enough to declare? My award to any contract boss is based on the our organisation procurement policy, price, functionality or lets add HDI. I'm working with white people here my friend, I'm telling you these guys are more than corrupt I don't. They corrupt some of the work they issue out regardless of what value i.e. more than R 500,000.00 don't even go out to public advertisement for tenders to respond. This is against the organisation's procurement policy and PFMA because the organisation itself is state owned. Ok let me not be harsh to some of these guyz, may some are the ANC members as it is this organisation that is so corrupt. One of them has a mother who is a DA ward councilor in the ward. But what is nice about them is that they do not have media following them so their wrong doings cannot be exposed. I really do not have a problem with any person fighting corruption because I know corruption is wrong, what I despise is a hypocrite.

      mike881 - 2011-05-23 19:26

      Do yourself a favour and watch Carte Blanche for the truth instead of getting your info from the Daily Sun. You claim that the media hounds the ANC (exposing their corruption), however please bear in mind that the majority of the "media" in SA is now owned, managed and run by South Africans (of ALL backgrounds and colours), whose duty is to expose corruption and misdealings by the ruling party, irrespective of who the ruling party is. Those in a position of power know that they will be scrutinized and judged far harsher than ordinary citizens. This principle applies world wide.

  • ESTIE - 2011-05-23 15:52

    DA will swallow Lekota like they did with ID.

  • Mmoledi - 2011-05-23 16:11

    This is what I have been saying all along that the ruling party will one day find itself between horns of a bull if they did not do away with corruption and focus on service deliveries, the next elections are coming and they must start getting their house in order otherwise they will lose more votes whereby they find themselves in a same situation like in Western Cape so service deliveries must start to roll to the people in order for people to see that they are not voting for individuals looking for their pockets, friends and families with their expense.What is happening in Western Cape is a lesson to the ruling party in order for it to pull their socks and do what they promised people and follow or make use of the freedom charter where it says people shall govern and not party shall govern so let people govern or lose the government. For services to the people we mean jobs,proper sanitation, clean water, proper roads, safety and security and proper education and lastly respect of traditional leaders by councillors and mayors. North West province will be the next province to follow the footsteps of Western Cape if the ruling party after now and this past elections can fold their arms without rolling services to the people then next elections may be a disaster for the ruling party,North West especially in Madibeng municipality service deliveries there is a disaster and chaos in ward three covering Madidi village and Rabokala there is nothing there happening no services.

  • whatever - 2011-05-23 16:59

    I say we start over. Why are we still "beating a dead horse" after the worst 15+ years of failed attempts at constructive change? Democracy is nothing more than "mob-rule" and disastrous to any minority group. Is there anyone with enough sense left in this circus that can work towards some kind of future for South Africa? How about revisiting the idea of a Federation envisioned by PW Botha as a possible solution for South Africa. I don't claim to understand it (Federal States) all, but surely a proven failed experiment like we're witnessing currently deserves to be ended A.S.A.P. and replaced with a more sensible alternative. Apartheid (separate development) was an excellent opportunity for our multi-cultural society to thrive and participate in decision making yet still maintaining the cultural and traditional identity of each group. Although it was still a work in progress, I recall seeing a list of "Bantustans" (Bophuthatswana, Ciskei, Gazankulu, KaNgwane, KwaNdebele, KwaZulu, Lebowa, Qwaqwa, Transkei and Venda) that were meant to be the initial attempt at a Federation. From what I can remember, that plan was suddenly interrupted when Botha's resignation was forced by De Klerk who immediately initiated the scenario we find ourselves witnessing today. What a freaking mess!

  • summerskye6 - 2011-05-23 18:23

    Lekota is really Chuck Norris in disguise. The tough man rocks big time and is awesome for this country.

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