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The ANC is confident of a decisive victory in the upcoming elections – both nationally and provincially – and has no intention of entering into a coalition. It also plans to cut the DA down "to size" in the Western Cape.
This is according to the party's head of elections Fikile Mbalula.
"The last few years have demonstrated that coalitions undermine democracy and do nothing to advance service delivery. The ANC is in this election to win decisively," Mbalula said on Thursday.
"Coalitions in political terms are weighed up after the elections depending on the outcome of the election. The ANC is not in this election to be in coalition with anyone."
He referred to the Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay metros, which the party lost to DA-led coalitions in 2016.
In Port Elizbeth, the UDM and DA coalition fell apart, leading to the ousting of mayor Athol Trollip and the election of the UDM's Mongameli Bobani. In Tshwane, Solly Msimanga stepped down as mayor after a fraught political climate. Msimanga is currently campaigning as the DA's Gauteng premier candidate.
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His comments come a day after EFF leader Julius Malema promised to make the ANC and DA sweat for a possible coalition in Gauteng.
In his speech at the Workers' Day rally in Alexandra on Wednesday, Malema said the EFF would not negotiate on key issues during round table talks. These include land expropriation without compensation and renaming Cape Town International Airport to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Airport.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane has campaigned for several months under the notion of a nation led through coalitions. However, Mbalula said the party approached the election as an incumbent.
He said the party's 66-page manifesto showed commitment to self-correct with a renewed mandate.
Mbalula also said the party was confident that it had earned the trust of the people in Gauteng, and added that the ANC had made this finding through its methodological elections.
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"The internal research of the ANC is saying we are winning an overwhelming victory. It has addressed the issue that our people are concerned about corruption, poverty and unemployment... our research is saying our people are happy about the ANC in terms of bringing about basic services to them.
"With less than a week to go before the elections take place, the party intends to further intensify its electioneering in all provinces. This will culminate with the party's Siyanqoba rally on Sunday.
"We are firing on all cylinders and our volunteers and leaders continue to reach out to voters in every corner of the country," Mbalula said.
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