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ANC searching for coalition partners in Northern Cape

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The ANC is in the process of finalising its search for a coalition partner or partners this week, after failing to secure an outright majority in the national and provincial elections.

DA premier candidate Isak Fritz, DA provincial leader Harold McGluwa and ANC provincial chairperson Dr Zamani Saul. Picture: Soraya Crowie

THE ANC is in the process of finalising its search for a coalition partner this week, after failing to secure an outright majority in the national and provincial elections.

Northern Cape Communities Movement (NCCM) leader Ronald February said that they did not have a mandate from their voters to form a coalition with the ANC.

NCCM leader Ronald February. Picture: Soraya Crowie

FF+ Phokwane councillor Theo Joubert indicated that a coalition with the ANC was “out of the question” as their manifesto’s were too mismatched.

FF+ Phokwane councillor Theo Joubert. Picture: Soraya Crowie

Although it failed to secure any seats, Revelation Ndumiso from the MK Party believed that they had succeeded in preventing the ANC from reaching the 50 percent threshold in the Northern Cape.

Revelation Ndumiso. Picture: Sandi Kwon Hoo

“We did this without having government resources to campaign. Launching a R1 billion housing project, opening schools and clinics, shortly before the elections is suspicious. We are still waiting for the 750 houses that the ANC promised to build in Ritchie,” said Ndumiso.

She pointed out that their party leader, Jacob Zuma, could not be blamed for corruption allegations and the downfall of state-owned enterprises.

“It is the ANC that caused its demise. After Zuma left, corruption at the ANC has not ended. No one wants to talk about Phala Phala.”

EFF provincial chairperson Shadrack Tlhaole meanwhile indicated that they were “not speaking to anyone” regarding coalitions.

EFF provincial chairperson Shadrack Tlhaole. Picture: Soraya Crowie

“We are not interested, we are not speaking to anyone and we never received a mandate to work with anyone. The national leadership is in charge of making those decisions. Whatever happens, happens, there is no stress. We are a force to be reckoned with,” said Tlhaole.

PA premier candidate Sharifa Ferris stated that the national decision on coalition formations would be filtered down to the Province.

PA premier candidate Sharifa Ferris. Picture: Soraya Crowie

The DA has set up a national team to manage negotiations with the ANC.

ANC provincial chairperson Dr Zamani Saul attributed the decrease in voter support for the ANC to the low voter turnout of 62.49 percent, where he was left red-faced after missing his target of a 60 percent win.

“We are not happy with the results, it was a lesson to the ANC. While it was not expected, it is not a disaster. We are paying the price of the renewal of the party and will need to address corruption and political arrogance.”

Saul stated that they were open to talks with any party, “big or small” with seats in the provincial legislature, but would not allow a chaotic government or personal egos to take over.

He indicated that the outcome of the elections should not be regarded as a judgement on the provincial government.

“It was due to a multitude of factors – there was load shedding – something that we have no control over. The scourge of the Covid-19 pandemic caused major disruptions and derailed the administration.

“We lost a secretary-general and former president to off-shoot parties of the ANC because of the renewal process. We will conduct an in-depth analysis to look at where we need to improve in order to ensure we regain lost ground as we prepare for the 2026 local government elections.”

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