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ANC’s breakaway party the kingmaker in Bitou’s hanging municipality

The leadership of the Bitou municipality in the Western Cape lies in the hands of the Active United Front an affiliate of the African National Congress (ANC) breakaway party, the United Front.

The AUF was formed by the National Union Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) when it abandoned its alliance with the ANC after being kicked out of Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

As vote counting concluded for Bitou, the ANC and Democratic Alliance (DA) have come out neck and neck, each securing six of the 13 contested seats.

The AUF, however, is the kingmaker, after having secured only one seat.

The ANC or DA needs to enter into a coalition with the party in order for the party’s leadership to be determined.

It will be interesting to see how the situation plays out.

The DA had scored 48.58 % of the votes gaining it the six seats.

The ANC gained 40.99% of the votes also gaining six seats.

The AUF gained only 5.36% of the total votes to secure their one seat.

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