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Smaller parties inundated with requests to form coalitions

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa confirmed that the DA and ANC have approached him.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As the two big parties in hung metros race to form coalition governments, smaller parties have been inundated with calls and requests for meetings.

Both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the African National Congress (ANC) received less than 50 percent in Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni and are seeking help from smaller parties to govern the big councils.

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa says the DA and ANC have approached him.

"An approach has been made but we'll begin to discuss those coalitions now that the results are out."

The Inkatha Freedom Party's Narend Singh says talks are already underway.

"We've approached few parties, some parties have approached us. But I think it's too early to tell for now."

The Freedom Front Plus's Anton Albert says: "We're still going to discuss everything within the next two weeks. On the highest level we'll not allow any local authorities members to make their own decisions."