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’Most hung municipalities in NC taken over by ANC’

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The majority of hung councils in the Northern Cape will be governed by coalitions formed by the ANC, as opposition parties have failed to reach common ground.

ANC provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga. File picture

THE MAJORITY of hung councils in the Northern Cape will be governed by coalitions formed by the ANC, as opposition parties have failed to reach common ground.

An unprecedented 10 hung municipalities emerged in the Province following the local government elections, including Gamagara, Nama Khoi, Hantam, Karoo Hoogland, Kareeberg, Thembelihle, Siyathemba, Siyancuma, !Kheis and Kgatelopele municipalities, where there was no outright majority.

ANC provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga said they had entered into a number of coalitions with civic movements, service delivery forums and the Patriotic Alliance.

“Most of the hung municipalities have been taken over by the ANC after working agreements were entered into with other political parties. There are only a few outstanding municipalities,” said Ngxanga.

He stated that talks were still “fragile” at Siyathemba and Kareeberg municipalities, where parties were unable to reach a mutual agreement.

“Talks will continue on Monday.”

Ngxanga added that a by-election would be held in Kakamas following the death of the ANC councillor before the local government elections.

“The ANC councillor won the ward.”

Ngxanga said that Groblershoop was still a hung municipality.

“The Speaker was appointed during a council meeting but there was no consensus with the election of the mayor as the EFF abstained from voting. The meeting had to be postponed as there were five votes from the ANC and Cope against five votes from the other opposition parties.”

Ronald Februarie from the Siyathemba Community Forum said they were approached by both the DA and ANC to form coalitions.

“Our voters objected to us working with the ANC, while the DA was not willing to accommodate us or meet us halfway,” said Februarie.

He added that there was a similar situation at Thembelihle municipality.

“In order for the opposition to take control of these municipalities, the DA, EFF, FF+ and the community forum need to join forces. However, the DA is refusing to work with the EFF.”

Februarie stated that Kareeberg municipality was also still a hung municipality.

“The Kareeberg Civic Movement was prepared to form a coalition with the DA but they also felt that the DA was not willing to compromise. The community believes that if that is the case, then their opinions and needs will not be taken into account in a coalition agreement.

“The DA and FF+ agreed to work together with an independent councillor at Siyancuma Municipality but are refusing to work with the EFF.”

Februarie pointed out that failed coalitions between opposition parties would result in municipalities falling back into the hands of the ANC.

“This means that voters could just as well have sat at home and not voted. The hung municipalities gave opposition parties the gap to gain control. Opposition parties should set their differences aside to achieve the common goal of claiming back our municipalities. Things cannot continue in this fashion. Siyathemba Municipality was included on the list of 43 top malfunctioning municipalities in the country. We have R100 million in unaccounted expenditure.”

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