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Parties race against time for coalitions

Talks between the African National Congress (ANC) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are expected to continue on Tuesday as political parties are in a race against time to form coalitions.

The ANC’s top leadership is reported to have been secretly meeting with the EFF in a desperate attempt to reach a coalition deal.

This comes after the governing party failed to win an outright majority in four metros which are its traditional strongholds during last week’s Local Government Elections.

The biggest battles for the ANC are in the hung metros of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni, in Gauteng, as well Nelson Mandela Bay, in the Eastern Cape.

The governing party dropped below the 60% mark, garnering about 54% nationally and failed to retain an outright majority in the four metros.

It also failed to reclaim the city of Cape Town.

The EFF which has emerged as king makers is widely expected to demand that President Jacob Zuma steps down as part of an agreement to join forces with ANC.

Political parties are engaged at what they are currently describing as talks about coalition   with no formal requests made so far.

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