Battle for hung metros could go either way

Professor Pierre de Vos says the ANC could still win Tshwane if it receives backing from smaller parties.

Professor Pierre de Vos. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - As coalition talks continue to dominate local politics following the municipal elections, it appears the battle for hung metros could go either way - depending on which party is able to secure the most support.

Constitutional law expert Professor Pierre de Vos says contrary to popular belief, the African National Congress (ANC) could still win Tshwane if it receives backing from other parties in the metro.

The ruling party lost the majority to the Democratic Alliance after the main opposition secured 43.1% of the vote in the metro, while the ANC got 41.2%.

De Vos says it could be anyone's game.

"Any permutation of parties together can form a coalition. Just because you got the most votes doesn't mean you have the right to be the coalition that forms the government."

He says there is a twist to how negotiations may go.

"One thing that may happen of course is that some of the people at that first meeting can decide to spoil their ballots and no one of the two candidates can get a majority - then there's no government."

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