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Nine hung municipalities in the Northern Cape

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Meanwhile, the ANC managed to secure 33 seats out of a total of 65 seats in council at Sol Plaatje Municipality.

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THERE are nine municipalities in the Northern Cape that have hung councils, where there is no outright majority.

A hung municipality is declared if the majority party fails to secure 50 percent of the total number of seats in council.

Hung councils will allow opposition parties to form coalitions to try and form a majority.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), this is in comparison to three hung municipalities that arose during the last local government election in 2016.

The hung municipalities in the 2021 local government elections are Nama Khoi, Hantam, Karoo Hoogland, Kareeberg, Thembelihle, Siyathemba, Siyancuma, !Kheis and Kgatelopele.

There are 17 seats available in Nama Khoi, 13 seats in both Hantam and Siyancuma and 11 seats each in Karoo Hoogland, Kareeberg, Thembelihle, Siyathemba, !Kheis and Kgatelopele municipalities.

Meanwhile, the ANC managed to secure 33 seats out of a total of 65 seats in council at Sol Plaatje Municipality, by a small margin.

The DA has 14 seats followed by the EFF with six seats.

The Sol Plaatje Service Delivery Forum will make its debut in council with three seats.

Three seats were allocated to both the Patriotic Alliance (PA) and the FF+, where the FF+ secured 3.53 percent of the votes and the PA received 4.4 percent.

The Good Party will have two seats while the ACDP has one seat.

Independent candidates scored 1.34 percent of the vote at Sol Plaatje Municipality but will not have any seats in council.

The capturing of data is still continuing at the IEC offices, where the votes for three councils – Joe Morolong, Ga Segonyana and Gamagara – are still outstanding.

There are a total of 26 councils in the Province.

So far the ANC is leading with 197 seats (wards and PR seats), followed by the DA with 80 seats, the EFF with 31 seats and the FF+ with 13 seats.

The ANC is leading in 23 municipalities in the Northern Cape, where it is in control of 14 municipalities.

Independent councillors will occupy four seats in councils in the Province.

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