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DA, AUF coalition likely in Bitou Municipality

The DA won the majority of the vote with 48%, followed by the African National Congress (ANC) with 40%.

Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) is ready to begin coalition talks with the African United Front (AUF) to secure control of Bitou Municipality in the Southern Cape.

The DA won the majority of the vote with 48 percent, followed by the African National Congress (ANC) with 40%.

With no outright majority, though, the DA needs to form a coalition.

But the party is still awaiting feedback from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) after lodging a complaint over the results in the municipality.

Bitou Mayor Memory Booysen says once that's finalised, they will begin coalition talks.

"The IEC has indicated they'll give a response on Monday. We will then accept whatever the IEC comes back with, on whether they acknowledge that there's been a discrepancy. If the status quo remains, we'll begin negotiations with the AUF."