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UDM: We’re looking forward to working with DA in Nelson Mandela Bay

The Democratic Alliance has already tapped the UDM’s shoulder to form part of its coalition government.

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor-elect Athol Trollip swamped by media and DA activists promises the city 'will be a better place' in 10 years. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

PORT ELIZABETH - The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in Nelson Mandela Bay says it's looking forward to working with the Democratic Alliance (DA) in governing the Eastern Cape metro.

The DA was allocated 57 seats in council after Wednesday's elections.

But because the council is hung, the party will have to partner with others to govern the metro.

The DA, which is the largest party in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, has already tapped the UDM's shoulder to form part of its coalition government.

UDM regional secretary Mongameli Bobani has confirmed he's had informal talks with mayor-elect Athol Trollip but says negotiations are handled at a national level.

"Negotiations are at very early stages. So let's wait and see but the fact of the matter is that there's going to be a multiparty government which the UDM is part of."

Eyewitness News spoke to some Nelson Mandela Bay metro residents who still have mixed views about the change in leadership.

"I don't think they'll bring the change," said one resident.

"I have to try something else, other than the ANC - try something new," said another.

The ANC in the Eastern Cape has indicated it is also exploring the possibility of forming its own coalition government.