Freedom Front leader, Pieter Mulder has contradicted rumors that his party had a dialogue with the ANC and other rival party leaders on forming a coalition.
Modimolle-Mookgopong is one constituency in which the Freedom Front Plus could; if it so desires, operate a municipality in coalition with the ANC.
The ANC couldn’t get outright victory in three of the Waterberg district local municipalities in Limpopo – Modimolle-Mookgopong, Bela-Bela and Thabazimbi.
The party only won outright majorities in Buffalo City, Mangaung and eThekwini. The ruling party however failed to secure over 50% of the votes in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni; Tshwane; Mogale City in Gauteng; as well as Nelson Mandela Bay.
Speaking via a statement, Pieter Mulder said: “The Freedom Front Plus has not entered into any agreement with the ANC or any other party about coalitions as many malicious rumours suggest.
The party’s view about coalitions, as clearly stated before the election, has not changed at all. This entails that decisions about coalitions will not be negotiated on a local level but by the FF Plus’ highest decision-making body.”
The opposition party leader said “theoretically, there are 14 days available before final decisions have to be taken. The main guideline in negotiations will be how the interests of the FF Plus voters will be best served in municipalities.”
Following one of the most hotly-contested elections in post-democratic South Africa, ANC’s failure to break the 50% mark in some councils resulted in the party canvassing for coalitions with ‘any’ party in order to retain power.
Notably, the election seems to be a true reflection that demonstrated that improprieties like Nkandla debacle, South African Airways and the SABC maladministration and above all, the general economic doldrums matter a lot.
Out of 22 councils in Limpopo, the Democratic Alliance (DA) seized hold of eight wards from the ANC leaving two hung councils in the hands of opposition parties.