AIC, ANC to discuss Ekurhuleni coalition on Sunday

ANC GP won 48.64% of the vote, and is hoping to use the AIC’s almost 2% to have an outright majority.

The ANC’s Zweli Mkhize. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The African Independent Congress (AIC) is expected to meet with officials of the African National Congress (ANC) this Sunday to discuss forming coalitions in Ekurhuleni.

The governing party in the province won 48.64% of the vote, and is hoping to use the AIC's close to two percent to have an outright majority.

The AIC has set out four conditions, including having Matatiele being reincorporated into KwaZulu-Natal.

In 2006 the Constitutional Court found that Matatiela's re-demarcation was invalid, which was followed by the party meeting President Jacob Zuma, who promised to resolve the matter.

The party's Mandla Galo says he received a call from the ANC's Zweli Mkhize about forming coalitions in Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Bay and Rustenburg.

"If we agree or they commit to our demands, because we have added three demands - the key one is that of reversing the decision they made as the ANC to incorporate Matatiele into the Eastern Cape."

Galo says the other three demands include the tarring of roads in the Eastern Cape, the re-opening of Maluti College, and the improvement of the road between Matatiele and Lesotho.

The AIC has also indicated that the Democratic Alliance approached the party about forming a coalition, but it is waiting first for confirmation from the ANC.