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Small parties consider coalitions in Western Cape

The DA in the Western Cape remains in power but will have to form partnerships in hung councils.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addressing the media after the meeting with opposition parties' representative in Tynhuys, Parliament in Cape Town on 18 November 2014. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The time for backroom politics has come as parties consider forming coalitions.

It appears a coalition will be required for the Democratic Alliance (DA) to take over control from the African National Congress (ANC) in the Beaufort West municipality.

After winning with an outright majority in the 2011 municipal elections, the ANC garnered just over 42% of the vote in the Karoo town this time round, losing out marginally to its arch rival, the DA.

The official opposition will now be looking for a bedfellow to cobble together a coalition.

The DA in the Western Cape remains in power but will have to negotiate political partnerships in hung councils.

With coalitions likely to be the way forward in areas like Witzenberg, Beaufort West and Prince Albert municipalities, several smaller parties have shown interest in possible coalitions.

While the FF Plus is open to the idea of a partnership government in the Hessequa Municipality, it has ruled out working with the ANC.

The Party's Corne Mulder said: "The ANC should not be made stronger, so we don't want to do that and we won't put them in power. Our point of departure is what is in the interest of the public."

Similar sentiments were echoed by the EFF's Malekhaya Xego.

"The ANC doesn't have anything to offer, we gave them 6% in 2014 so that they can have an outright majority and change the Constitution for land redistribution. They refused so they are not an option."

The DA has also indicated its willingness to work with smaller parties in order to secure control in areas like Prince Albert and Beaufort West.

EFF PLANS TO SHAKE UP DA IN WC

The EFF plans to shake up the opposition to the DA in the Western Cape.

The party's local government elections debut has secured it just under three percent of the vote and a number of council seats in the province.

The EFF has earned a reputation for its theatrics and disruptive antics in Parliament.

LISTEN: EFF on election process.

Now the party's set to bring the same political recipe to local government in the Western Cape.

The EFF's Tebogo Makwele said, "If we need the petitions to be signed by our people we will do that."

Cape Town metro by-laws are also of concern and the EFF has vowed definite action.

The EFF has defended its opposition leadership style, vowing to continue raising the difficult questions.