Coalitions talks in full swing

Deputy president of Agang SA, Andries Tlouamma says if they had to go into talks for coalitions with any party, they would write a memorandum that will be the grounds of the talks.

“We would tell the African National Congress (ANC) to let corrupt people go and to provide quality services. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) would be told that politics is still politics without insults and with the Democrat Alliances (DA) we would highlight the matter of racism,” says Tlouamma.

Tlouamma says for a party that was abandoned by its leader Mamphela Ramphele after the 2014 elections it did not do badly. Yet for now they will be working on doing better for the 2019 national elections.

Spokesperson of the Congress of the People (Cope) Dennis Bloem says it’s very important for any political party to reflect after an election on where they have failed. He says reflecting honestly is very important.

“As Cope we did not lose support. We had a challenge of resources unlike the so called bigger parties like the ANC and the DA who had big budgets to carry out their local government election campaign,” says Bloem.

Speaking on Forum@8 the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Gauteng Chairperson, Bonginkosi Dlamini says the party is happy to be growing in Gauteng.

“With regards to the matter of coalitions, I can say that we have met with a party. We’re still consulting with the leadership of the IFP. All we want is a party that will provide services for our people,” says Dlamini.

Bloem says the president of COPE, Mosiuoa Lekota is in talks with ANC on coalitions but nothing is in place as yet.
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Coalitions will have to govern several key municipalities, including metros, in areas where no party has an outright majority, following Wednesday’s local government elections.

The Co-operative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen says the inter-ministerial committee hopes for stable relationships in municipalities around the country.


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