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Coalition deal gives DA another 5 years in Knysna

The party also hopes to tie down a deal with the Freedom Front Plus for control of Hessequa.

DA WC leader Patricia de Lille announcing coalition agreements in Port Albert, Beaufort West and Laingsburg. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) will govern the Knysna Municipality for another five years after reaching a coalition agreement.

The party is also hoping tie down a deal with the Freedom Front Plus for control of Hessequa.

Today, the DA officially signed off on a coalition agreement with the Karoo Community Initiative allowing it to govern the Beaufort West Municipality.

The councils were among eight hung councils in the Western Cape following the local government elections.

The DA's Jaco Londt says, "In Knysnsa, we went into a coalition with an independent candidate, Velile Waxa, who won a ward in Knysna so that would give us an outright majority that would ensure that we build on the previous five years."

The Karoo Community Initiative's Goliath Lottering explains how the Karoo coalition will work.

"In Prince Albert, the mayoral position will be occupied by Goliath Lottering from the KGP, with the deputy mayor and speaker being from the DA. In Laingsburg the mayor will be Aubrey Martinez from the KOP."



NEW BROOM IN BITOU

At the same time, the Bitou Municipality has a new mayor thanks to a coalition between the African National Congress (ANC) and Active United Front (AUF).

The AUF's Peter Lobese has today been sworn in during the inaugural council meeting.

The coalition takes over from the DA.

The AUF yesterday told Eyewitness News it has been mandated by the community to form a coalition with the ANC instead of the DA.

Today, its leader Lobese was confirmed as the new Bitou mayor.

An ANC member has been elected as the new speaker of council.

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