'ANC, DA climbed into bed with each other' in Kannaland coalition - shocked Icosa

Cape Town - The Kannaland Local Municipality council in the Western Cape will be run by a coalition between the ANC and the DA, to the utter shock of Independent Congress of SA (Icosa), which won almost 50% of the vote.

"We have learnt of such an agreement between the DA and the ANC," said the ANC's Western Cape provincial executive committee spokesperson.

A report on the details of the deal is expected at a meeting this weekend, said Jabu Mfusi, adding that the ANC had been in a coalition with Icosa before the August 3 local government elections.

"Yes, it is true," said Icosa Western Cape provincial leader Dawid Kamfer. "The ANC and the DA have climbed into bed with each other."

Kamfer said it was a complete shock, especially after the relatively small party racked up 48% of the vote in Kannaland, and increased its support in the Western Cape from seven councillors to 12 after the elections.

But what made it more galling was that the DA had said it would never go into a coalition with the ANC, he said.

"I have a newspaper in front of me, dated 10 August, where the DA says it will never go into a coalition with the ANC," said Kamfer. "They lie to people. They say Jacob Zuma is corrupt. They are just as corrupt."

Kannaland has a long history of controversial and collapsing coalitions starting with the first ANC/DA coalition in 2006. At the time, Truman Prince led Icosa, after being kicked out of the ANC. In a scathing statement when the DA and Icosa formed their coalition, the ANC pulled all the skeletons out of the closet.

ANC candidate to be mayor

It said Prince had been kicked out for using council money in Beaufort West to bail a friend out of jail and that he had been shown on television allegedly soliciting underage girls.

In its 2006 statement, the ANC said it removed Jeffrey Donson from the position of mayor in Kannaland after he allegedly used municipal funds for his own purposes, and that he had appeared in court on criminal charges.

"The ANC removed both Donson and Prince because they were an embarrassment to the ANC and the councils they lead. The DA is rescuing them from the gutter and will be smeared with their filth," said ANC official Max Ozinsky at the time.

Prince later returned to the ANC and was the ANC's most recent mayor in Beaufort West before it was ousted in a DA-led coalition. Donson returned as the most recent mayor of Kannaland in a coalition with the ANC.

With Eskom threatening to flip the switch on the whole of Kannaland, its industries and homes, Donson had to answer to the Western Cape legislature at the beginning of the year when the municipality wanted a R12,7m loan to pay its electricity bill. 

The region includes the towns of Calitzdorp, Zoar, Ladismith and Vanwyksdorp.

A DA spokesperson was not immediately available to comment, but Kamfer said the position of mayor would go to the ANC, and the speaker to the DA.

Kamfer is a councillor in the Mossel Bay municipality.

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