'DA’s celebration over Tshwane victory premature’

The ANC has slammed the DA’s celebrations over Tshwane, saying ‘there is no outright majority’.

DA leader Mmuis Maimane alongside Tshwane mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga. Picture: Christa Eybers EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says that the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s celebration over securing majority seats in Tshwane is premature as there is no outright majority.

Coalition negations have started already with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) being kingmakers, having to decide whether they will support the DA or ANC.

So far the ANC has won Ekurhuleni while the DA has secured the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

ANC spokesperson Nkenke Kekana says, "It is a hung council and it being a hung council means no one party can govern Tshwane without talking to other parties. The results are very clear for you to see, no winners and no losers in Tshwane."

The DA secured 43.1% of the vote in the Tshwane Metro, making it the majority party.

This translates in 93 seats, while the ANC has 89 seats and the EFF has 25 seats in the council.

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane described these elections as a historic moment.

"Now begins the hard work of governing and governing well for the people of South Africa.

"In years to come, and as our politics realign, this election will indeed be seen as a tipping point and be remembered as the moment the ANC lost its foothold as a dominant party."

Yesterday, EFF leader Julius Malema said his party would be open to coalitions but that issues such as land ownership would be non-negotiable.

There are about 28 councils across the country where the DA can create a coalition government.