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ANC hands in power talks report

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The Northern Cape ANC handed in its report to the party’s national secretary-general, Fikile Mbalula, yesterday following power talks in the Northern Cape to find a possible coalition partner.

ANC provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga and ANC provincial chairperson Dr Zamani Saul. Picture: Soraya Crowie

THE NORTHERN Cape ANC handed in its report to the party’s national secretary-general, Fikile Mbalula, yesterday following power talks in the Northern Cape to find a possible coalition partner.

It is believed that some opposition parties demanded that their candidates be elected as premier as a bargaining chip to the formation of a coalition.

The ANC lost its grip on the Province with support dropping to 49.3 percent following last week’s elections.

The Northern Cape Provincial Legislature will be hung, with 15 seats going to the ANC, seven to the DA, three to the PA and one to the FF+.

The new Speaker and the premier will be voted in when the new provincial legislature convenes on June 18.

ANC representatives from the Northern Cape will occupy three seats in the National Assembly.

ANC provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga stated that they would select their chosen premier candidate before the first sitting of the provincial legislature.

“We have shortlisted Dr Zamani Saul, Fufe Makatong and Limakatso Koloi as the three premier candidates. Our preferred candidate is Saul to lead a second term as premier and finish the work he has started. We are pleased with the manner in which he has led the Province. He will prioritise roads and education in the seventh administration,” said Ngxanga.

He added that the ANC secretary-general had given the Province carte blanche to lead negotiations with coalition partners.

“The final decision will, however, rest with the ANC national executive committee. Allowing an opposition party to occupy the premier seat is not an option. It will be a 50-50 vote for the new premier, so if no one agrees on one candidate, it can become heated.”

ANC deputy secretary Maruping Lekwene, ANC provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga and ANC provincial chairperson Dr Zamani Saul. Picture: Soraya Crowie

ANC provincial chairperson Dr Zamani Saul added that there was “a mandate“ for an ANC premier and he did not appear willing to sacrifice his seat to any coalition partner.

The Northern Cape Communities Movement (NCCM) will meanwhile be heading to the Electoral Court on an urgent basis to challenge the number of seats allocated to the ruling party.

NCCM leader Ronald February said that the ANC was only entitled to 14 seats as they attained 49.3 percent of the vote in the provincial elections.

“According to our calculations, we should be given one seat,” said February.

He added that they were not willing to form a coalition with the ANC if they succeeded at the Electoral Court.

“If we do manage to secure a seat, we will consult with our voters on the way forward.”

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