Karoo parties, DA to form coalitions in 3 hung councils

The DA is expected to announce agreements with the KDF, the KGP & the KOP tomorrow.

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

CAPE TOWN - A Karoo political alliance has in principle agreed to form coalition governments with the Democratic Alliance (DA) in three municipalities in the region.

The DA and the African National Congress (ANC) are neck and neck in the Beaufort West, Prince Albert and Laingsburg municipalities following the Local Government Elections.

The Karoo Democratic Force's Goliath Lottering has told Eyewitness News , the three parties are yet to sign agreements with the DA.

Lottering says they are currently busy with paperwork and he expects a deal to be finalised tomorrow.

This would see the DA control Beaufort West with the KDF.

It would also be in power in Prince Albert with the help of the KGP.

The parties have not revealed details of the coalition agreement ahead of the announcement tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the DA may lose control of the Bitou Municipality after the Active United Front (AUF)'s decision to pursue a coalition with the African National Congress (ANC).

The AUF says it took the decision after public meetings in all seven wards, to determine whether it should form a coalition with the ANC or the DA.

The party says it has been given a mandate by the majority of residents to form a coalition with the ANC, but no agreement has been signed yet.

AUF's Peter Lobese says they will not backtrack on the mandate they have been given.

"We told them we're first going to get a mandate from the people.

"We got the mandate and they called us again. We told ANC that 'they are the preferred candidate by the community'."

The DA's Jaco Londt says they'll have to wait till tomorrow's council meeting to see what the AUF has decided.

"We are aware that there's been talks between the ANC and the AUF. And during tomorrow's council meeting if they decide to go with the ANC that would be unfortunate."

The Bitou Municipality is one of several hung councils across South Africa.