The ANC will be forced to look to the EFF for a coalition partnership as all the major kingmakers across the municipalities have rejected it.
This comes after the DA, ActionSA and IFP ruled out working with the governing party as coalition discussions ensured.
The DA has said it would not work with the ANC or the EFF. After the party’s federal executive meeting yesterday, the official opposition said it will not enter into any coalition agreements with the EFF, ANC or any other party that does not subscribe to constitutionalism, the rule of law, a social market economy, a capable state as well as nonracialism.
“These are the non-negotiables for the DA,” said party leader John Steenhuisen.
“It is not our job to save the ANC. Our job is to save SA and the two are not compatible. You can have a growing economy, a country that works, a capable administration that delivers jobs for people and service delivery, but you cannot have that with the ANC.”
Meanwhile, the DA may have to reverse its decision to terminate its relationship with the EFF if it wants to secure control of the country’s economic hub, Johannesburg.
This is according to ActionSA leader and former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba, whose party secured 44 crucial council seats out of the 270 in the metro after the recent municipal elections, which left it hung without the ANC or DA winning a clear majority.
This comes as horse trading continued among political parties, with the ANC and the DA poaching support from smaller parties in a bid to secure control of key metros and other smaller municipalities that were left hung.
A total of 66 municipalities have been left hung across the country, with the ANC securing control of 161, the DA 13 and IFP securing control of 10 councils, while new parties and civic organisations made a strong showing.
Mashaba, who led the city from 2016 until 2019 when he left the top post and dumped the DA over his claim that it was captured by “anti-poor conservatives” who wanted him out, said while he did not have control over what the DA would finally have as its preconditions of local governance, he considered the red berets as good partners at local government level alongside the DA.
The ANC secured 91 seats and DA 71 and they need a number of partners to secure a clear majority. The EFF won 28 seats.
While there were still no formal talks between the ANC and the DA, whose top brass held separate internal coalition meetings at the weekend, Sowetan understands that DA leader John Steenhuisen had already approached ActionSA for a possible coalition, which was discussed at the official opposition’s federal executive meeting yesterday.
With the backing of ActionSA, IFP and the ACDP, the DA’s coalition support could secure 125 seats in Joburg and need an extra 11 to hit the 136 seats majority.
Mashaba said while he would not dictate to the DA and did not agree with national policy positions of the EFF, the red berets were key coalition partners within local government.
“One thing I can tell you is that I worked extremely well with the EFF during my mayoralty. They were the best partner there, and the FF Plus. That is why it upset the DA. Why they hate the EFF so much is their problem and they must not make their problem ActionSA’s problem… I have got a great working relationship at local government level, we are on the same page,” Mashaba said.