Coalitions: How the deals were made

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Even approaches by EFF leader Julius Malema and others were rebuffed as DA councillors prepared to sit on the opposition benches. Photo: Tebogo Letsie
Even approaches by EFF leader Julius Malema and others were rebuffed as DA councillors prepared to sit on the opposition benches. Photo: Tebogo Letsie

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When the DA eventually became the big winner of these local elections on Monday night, it was as much a surprise to the party and its councillors as it was to the rest of South Africa.

Its electoral performance had declined compared with five years ago and in most metros, it could not form viable coalitions with smaller parties to govern if these did not include the EFF, with whom it had refused to work. In these elections, the DA lost about 386 seats nationally, compared with 2016, when it gained 1 782 seats.

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