Port Elizabeth coalition on the cards?

2011-05-15 16:35

Port Elizabeth - The two biggest opposition parties in the Nelson Mandela Metropole are prepared to join forces in a coalition government to wrest control from the governing ANC.

Cope’s mayoral candidate, former ANC spokesperson Smuts Ngonyama, said a coalition was on the cards.

“Yes, we will certainly consider this option, but only after the election. Right now, we are campaigning as Cope with our policies and our manifesto. Once the numbers are in and, if needed, we are open to the idea of a coalition,” said Ngonyama.

DA mayoral candidate Leon de Villiers agreed. “Our campaign has been very effective across the metro.

We are confident of a strong showing but, if we need to, we are willing to lead a coalition.

“It’s still too early to talk about details now. Cope would be the preferred partner, but if we can take it without them that is even better.”

The two shared similar views - both wanted inept managers out, greater accountability on procurement procedures and only qualified, non-political municipal staff.


They also cited the ANC’s failure to release the findings of two audit reports on the state of the metro as proof of the party’s lack of accountability.

Oddly, the most telling sign of what lies ahead took place at a public debate at the Great Centenary Hall in New Brighton township on Thursday.

Hundreds of party supporters turned up waving flags and posters, more like the fans at a soccer match than participants of a political debate.

On one side sat the home team - a few hundred ANC supporters wearing their Jacob Zuma-emblazoned T-shirts.

On the other sat the opposition - a colourful mix of DA blue, Cope and United Democratic Movement bright yellow.

One minute the mixed team deafened the room. A few minutes later, the roar of the home supporters raised the roof.

In the metro, where about 80 of the 120 seats on the council were occupied by the governing party, Cope and the DA struck a chord with black and coloured voters - the two biggest voting blocks.

Opposition parties accused the municipality of corruption and mismanagement, which led to erratic service delivery that sparked sporadic violent protests, and left the municipality R500m in the red.


Of the metro’s population, 600 000 were black, 220 000 coloured, 160 000 white and 10 000 Indian/Asian, according to the 2007 census.

More than 550 000 people are registered to vote.

Metro mayor Zanoxolo Wayile, who heads the local PR list, said the ANC wasn’t concerned about losing the metro to the coalition, let alone a single party.

“We have done our work. There is no concern about any coalition. We will not need a coalition. We are aiming to take about 85% to 90%, and we will continue to run the metro. In fact, it wouldn’t be ambitious of me to say we want 100%.”

He dismissed opposition party allegations of mismanagement and corruption as attempts to score cheap political points.

On the ground though, the ANC’s frantic last-minute campaigning spoke volumes.

On Thursday Wayile unveiled a sports complex in Kleinskool, then rushed to open a clinic in Kuyga before joining Premier Noxolo Kiviet to hand out blankets and food to elderly people in KwaNoxolo.

All three areas were impoverished mixed-race communities in Port Elizabeth, home to many frustrated black and coloured voters.

At George Botha Centre in KwaNoxolo, many of those who turned up were more interested in the food and blankets than what the speakers had to say.

In KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage, Loyiso Ntushuntsha, 26, came to see Cope’s Ngonyama.

"All we get is promises. I am not going to vote. I finished school five years ago and I have not been able to find work. I’ve not worked a day in my life," he said.

Yet ANC members such as ward councillor Cedrick Pietersen remained quietly confident.

“They (the opposition) may get some votes, but the people know us. We are part of them.”

  • Slapper - 2011-05-15 16:45

    As long as the ANC loses it, I suppose it will work, but it would be the best outcome if the DA wins it alone.

      grumpy - 2011-05-15 17:08

      yes, even a coalition, is a better option

  • Tenielle Parker - 2011-05-15 16:46

    DA fever is spreading!!! Maybe there is still hope...

  • mabsie - 2011-05-15 16:50

    Great news, just shows how fed up the people are with empty promises.

  • Heks - 2011-05-15 17:09

    Don't believe in coalitians That is deceiving the voters.

  • Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-05-15 17:10

    Nothing wrong with coalition politics, it creates synergy to the benefit of all, and often leads to an understanding that differences may not be as great as previously believed. This is how we can keep democracy alive, through co-operation not division.

      Jaimo - 2011-05-15 17:22

      The ACDP must come in to the coalition as well. A united opposition is needed! Many Christians want to vote ACDP but without a coalition it is a wasted vote to some degree!

      Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-05-15 17:37

      Jaimo, the smaller parties outside the coalition will also benefit anyway, as their voice may then become the deciding vote if issues are closely contested. Make no mistake, a very strong coalition of parties can be as dangerous as a single very strong party. What we need is a fine balance of power, so that all parties are strongly motivated to work hard for votes. No vote is ever wasted, but I do understand how it can feel that way in some circumstances. Bottom line is you only really lose when you quit. Stay involved, keep promoting your views and if they have merit, they will grow support.

  • Monica - 2011-05-15 17:40

    The concept of a Government is to up-lift the country; to create jobs for everyone like in China even at a low salary; something is better than nothing; but when funds are being stolen by Government employees and you have corruption in tenders; how can any country grow? When the Government promised free houses and jobs for everyone; they knew it was a lie. How many taxes will still be installed in Parliament so that those that do work will have to support the poor when the ANC spent funds on unneccessary things; cars; houses; overseas trips; there are so many charity organisations that try to help the poor and old; but ANC enrich only themselves. The people of this country is to blame for that as they vote for ANC only to mis-use funds; forgetting where they came from. What member of parliament is going through a stuggle; except for corruption charges? Then they let go free and still get their salary. Fire a couple of ministers and start with minister of defence and correctional services. Go and look where they live and the lifestyle they have. They do not think of anyone but themselves.

  • urbanice - 2011-05-15 17:51

    the Devil Alliance with its racist manifesto and inprogressive policies and its mandate of trying to make everyone racist can rest asured that come the 19th the original CONGRESS OE THE PEOPLE WILL BE CELEBRATING. dont forget to vote for the ANC on the 18th viva ANC VIVA!!!

      Errol - 2011-05-15 18:11

      It is a sign of the failure of the ANC when they and their supporters have to resort to name calling.

      Monica - 2011-05-15 18:14

      Once bitten twice shy! Will never vote for them again!!!!!!

      Mabilel - 2011-05-15 18:58

      It's because of people that think like you, that this country is in such a mess....... or maybe you find the high levels of crime, the rape statistics, the joblessness, the corruption, the greed acceptable. I suppose that uneducated voters elect uneducated leaders. Or maybe you are one of the beneficiaries of this corrupt government?

      za101 - 2011-05-15 19:52

      what is racist about the DA manifeso?

      BigD - 2011-05-15 20:39

      @urbanice. You must be the mayor of PE. Or related to him otherwise you would not write crap like this.

      mark.molema80 - 2011-05-16 11:21

      Have you actually READ their manifesto? Can you actually read? The DA manifesto is a far cry from a racist and inprogressive manifesto! IT BENEFITS EVEYONE and improves the lives of everyone! Wake up mate!

  • Boer - 2011-05-15 17:55

    I wrote about this before, get rid of all these stupid little parties and form a big one and that will give the ANC serious competition. I see light at the end of the tunnel.

      gksa - 2011-05-15 22:42

      Well, that will happen in time. Look what the DA and the ID did after they started co-operating in Cape Town. But it will not be immediate - if everyone merged now, many voters would complain they "don't have a voice" on the politics scene, and just stay away from voting. I see the DA as a unifying force; hopefully COPE will eventually have the same effect.

  • vicj - 2011-05-15 18:03

    I know this chirp has nothing to do with this article but this out door toilet story is so stupid. I live in the Durban surounding area and see males urinating in the city centres against building walls in front of any bystander so whats all the fuss about. They just do not have culture.

      Jasper5 - 2011-05-15 20:04

      They the only nation that can "toilet" in public, I am sure???

  • Mike - 2011-05-15 18:16

    So the ANC regards campaigning on issues such as corruption and mismanagement are "political points scoring". Kind of sums up the level of political sophistication of that party today.

  • Monica - 2011-05-15 18:17

    It is sad that black people can think giving a house can bring back the harmony and life that once was there amongst the family and friends!

      Zamaswazi - 2011-05-16 06:28

      We think that? Well, somebody must have forgotten to send me the memo!

  • TamaraSays - 2011-05-15 18:18

    As long as it's not ANC, I can't see how it can't be better!

  • urbanice - 2011-05-15 19:08

    it is abandently clear that these so called political parties will never take power from the ANC if they ar to stand on their own and this has been acknowledged by them...for us to ever beat the anc we need to form coalitions... admiting defeat however the anc will humbly accept the victory

      Grayman - 2011-05-15 19:53

      Do you not know your history? The DA beat the ANC in the last municipal elections in Cape Town. Not through a coalition ... by more people casting votes for them! And guess what ... they TOOK power from the ANC. Since then the ANC have tried every trick in the book to try and wrestle victory back even resorting to the open air toilet saga - which bit them firmly in the backside.

      za101 - 2011-05-15 19:53

      the whole point of proportionate representation is to have coalition governments. go study politics 101.

      BrokenLink - 2011-05-15 20:22

      lol, claim your 'victory' as you call it. The days of ANC victories are running out. The fact that you will happily sit here and support people who lets the majority of black in SA live in humane conditions are disgusting. They are every bit as bad as the apartheid regime. Even worse since its their own people starving while they fly around in private jets.

      Mike - 2011-05-15 20:36

      "abandently"? Another product of the ANC's "progressive" education system. The sooner we vote these corrupt, incompetent, racist bafoons out of power, the sooner we can begin realising the potential of this amazing country of ours.

      Siya - 2011-05-16 12:53

      DA ruled Cape Town by coalition. They never got 51%. They also tricked ID and squeezed life out of it till it died. They got 40% in 2006 and now they are going to get 30% if they are lucky enough. ANC will win CAPE TOWN AND ALL METROS BELONG TO ANC

  • urbanice - 2011-05-15 19:10

    it is abandently clear that these so called political parties will never take power from the ANC if they ar to stand on their own and this has been acknowledged by them...for us to ever beat the anc we need to form coalitions... admiting defeat however the anc will humbly accept the victory

  • za101 - 2011-05-15 19:51

    Headlines on Thursday the 19th around the world: Nelson Mandela (BAY) votes for DA.

      Siya - 2011-05-16 12:55

      IN YOUR DREAMS.....

  • Jasper5 - 2011-05-15 19:58

    Anything!!!!..... as long as the ANC is out the door!!!

  • BigD - 2011-05-15 20:37

    What a twat the mayor is. How on earth can he even talk 80 to 100% win for anc. The anc did not even get that at the last vote. He will be lucky to get 51%. The people are sick and tired of this maladministration in PE.

      Siya - 2011-05-16 12:45

      Get your facts straight, do some reading and research... DA will never never never never rule PE. I stay here and I know

      GBES - 2011-05-16 16:13

      @Siya,my baby,your anc head is in the sand.Look at what your beloved anc has done to our people in the metropole?Why must my people run to WCape to get jobs.These long distance taxis & busses is a pain as we get older ! The DA says they will create a job friendly environment in this metropole.I believe them,because the anc cannot work with tax money.

  • Bill Xhosa - 2011-05-15 20:37

    A coalition might be one of the best outcomes. The parties would need to try very hard and ensure a much lower amount of corruption occurred. And then if service delivery elevated enough word might spread and this could have the effect of being a big tipping point. I could see this as being worrisome to those in the ANC with a brain.

  • zoli - 2011-05-15 22:13

    DA will build open toilet dnt make a mistake to vote for ,cope is confused thy r lost.

  • shmangle - 2011-05-16 08:27

    First Prize - The metro named after the great NM, being governed by the DA, and the ANC getting chucked out by the citizens of Nelson Mandela Metro...... GO DA!!!!!

  • mark.molema80 - 2011-05-16 11:18

    PE was a beautiful city, and it can be again under the DA! Please PE residents. Have some pride in your lovely city, and vote for a party that will do the best for PE and restore it, and improve it to be a beautiful city, a jewel in the crown of south africa once more! VOTE DA!

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  • louis - 2011-05-18 21:59

    So the DA inherent R500 000 000 in debt? Typical.

  • Emmie - 2011-05-19 11:22

    I would like a functional city like Cape Town.

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