The Democratic Alliance (DA) mayor-elect in Nelson Mandela Bay, Mayor Athol Trollip has excluded the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) from his list of possible coalition partners.
The DA emerged the winning party in the metro after it knocked off the African National Congress (ANC) from victory lane.
And though the party won, it still needs coalition to run the hung municipality. There are 27 hung municipalities countrywide, including the Nelson Mandela Bay, Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni metros.
The DA crept from behind and snatched away the ANC traditional base council [NMB] with 46.71 percent of the votes, the ANC followed with 40.92% of the votes, while the EFF managed to grab 5.12% of the votes.
Making comments on coalition, mayor Athol Trollip stated publicly that he would be bargaining power with small parties in order to form a government in NMB. The small parties as disclosed include Cope, AIC and ACDP.
Although, many perceived the mayor’s assertions as a serious political mistake; there are convincing signs that the DA is likely to partner with the United Democratic Movement which has two seats in council; but the party will need two more Councillors on its side to cross to the 50 percent mark.
Meanwhile, Bantu Holomisa, leader of the United Democratic Movement (UDM); says the party is currently considering which party it would go in with for coalition with in Nelson Mandela Bay.
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Speaking to reporters; Holomisa said beside the African National Congress; the UDM is seeking information from other parties and won’t make decisions until consultations are over.
“This time around we are not just going to be used as voting cattle; and then after that we are dumped. We want to make sure that the people who voted for us benefit out of these coalitions,” he said.