ANC in JHB confirms coalition talks with EFF, other parties

The ANC received just under 45% of ballots in the metro, while the DA got 38% and the EFF 11%.

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JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg has confirmed that it's already in talks with other political parties, including the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), about forming a coalition to run the city.

The ANC received just under 45% of ballots in the metro, while the Democratic Alliance (DA) got 38% and the EFF won just over 11%.

The Johannesburg ANC's Jolidee Matango said, "We have begun negotiations with a number of parties that are represented in the council and we can confirm that quite a number of parties have already agreed to work with us in a coalition government. We are still pursuing other parties."

He says the EFF is one of those parties.

"We are engaging with the EFF and everybody else except the DA."

The EFF has said it would only consider forming coalitions with the ANC if Jacob Zuma stepped down as president.

Earlier, EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said that while the EFF was not considering forming coalitions with the ANC, it would listen to what the ruling party had to say.

"We will not be willing to go into a coalition with the ANC. We think the most important thing about these results is that they are being humbled by the people of South Africa and we must not deny them that lesson."

But Ndlozi says most of the party's supporters have indicated they would rather the EFF form a partnership with the DA.

"The members, leadership and voters of EFF are the ones that have a say. We ran a poll that close to 18,000 participated in on Facebook and all of them said we must go with the DA."