DA to reveal details of Metro coalition talks Wednesday

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 16, 2016

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Nelson Mandela has said it would make a formal announcement on coalition talks in the Metro this coming Wednesday.

This comes after the party’s historic 46.71% versus 40.92% win over the African National Congress (ANC) in the recent local government elections, and after weeks of discussions with smaller parties about forming a merger to take control of the City.

Although the party’s has previously confirmed it had been engaging with the United Democratic Movement (UDM), it has remained tight-lipped on talks with other parties.

As it stands, the DA requires four seats to obtain the 61 needed for a majority rule, with the ANC standing on 50, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on six, UDM on two and the Africa Independent Party (AIC), Congress of the People (Cope), African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), Patriotic Alliance and United Front of the Eastern Cape (UFEC) on one each.

It is also widely expected that the party’s Mayoral Candidate, Athol Trollip, would take over from the ANC’s Danny Jordaan as the Metro’s Executive Mayor, with an official council meeting slated for this Thursday.