Nelson Mandela Bay smaller parties form alliance for coalition negotiations
The United Front, Patriotic Alliance Cope say they’ll vote together ahead of Thursday’s council meeting.
CAPE TOWN – Smaller parties in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro have formed an alliance in an attempt to negotiate a coalition with the African National Congress (ANC) and Democratic Alliance (DA).
Control of the municipal council still hangs in the balance as parties scramble to form coalition governments.
The DA and ANC who have been allocated 57 and 50 seats respectively, have been negotiating.
The DA needs four more seats for a majority while the ANC is 11 short.
The United Front, Patriotic Alliance and Congress of the People (Cope) held a media briefing in Port Elizabeth yesterday to announce that they will be voting together ahead of Thursday’s council meeting.
Cope’s Thembelani Kondile says the parties share common goals.
“For example, the issue of service delivery at local level, we agreed to bring excellence in service delivery and we agree on various issues and we are against corruption.”
Kondile adds they’ve met with the ruling party which has made its offer.
“We’re going to have a meeting outlining how far we are and listen to our members to give us a mandate and guide us because we are not there to represent ourselves.”
The alliance is yet to meet with the DA.
(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)