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ANC to place ‘special focus’ on Midvaal

Midvaal is the only Democratic Alliance-run municipality in Gauteng.

FILE: The ANC in Gauteng says it will place special focus on the Midvaal Local Municipality. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng says it will place special focus on the Midvaal Local Municipality in the 2016 local government elections as the party fights to win back control from the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The ruling party wrapped up its provincial conference in Centurion on Sunday where it resolved to recoup the 10 percent support it lost in the general elections.

Midvaal is the only DA-run municipality in Gauteng and the party has threatened legal action if the merger goes ahead.

The ANC has been campaigning for Midvaal to merge with the Sedibeng District to form a new metro.

While many people have speculated that this is to get more of its supporters into the Midvaal voting region, deputy chairman at the conference, David Makhura, says this is simply false.

"If someone thinks we are doing it in Midvaal because the DA is there, they are completely wrong. We are doing it in the West Rand and consolidating those municipalities."

Last year, the Municipal Demarcation Board said it would recommend that Midvaal be integrated into a larger metro municipality as part of a process of creating larger councils in the province.

The DA has claimed this is a political agenda because Midvaal is the only council it controls.