Smaller parties in Karoo to decide fate of hung councils

Karoo Democratic Force, Karoo Gemeenskap Party & Karoo Ontwikkelings Party were approached by DA & ANC

FILE: A sign welcomes visitors to the Central Karoo town of Prince Albert. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Smaller political parties in the Central Karoo look set to decide the fate of four hung councils as talks to form coalition governments continue.

The Karoo Democratic Force, Karoo Gemeenskap Party and Karoo Ontwikkelings Party have set up a community initiative to lead the negotiations.

Between them they have four seats in Beaufort West, Laingsburg and Prince Albert.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the African National Congress (ANC) have six seats each in Beaufort West and three each in Laingsburg.

In Prince Albert, the DA is leading with three of the seven available seats.

The Karoo initiative's Goliath Lottering confirms the three parties have been approached by the DA and ANC.

"We should know by latest tomorrow afternoon which party we're going to work with."

At least eight municipal councils in the Western Cape are undecided following last week's local government elections.

Political parties have until next week to finalise coalitions.

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