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ANC hasn't chosen coalition partners yet - Mantashe

The ANC says its NEC will be discussing coalitions at its meeting but is not discussing specific parties.

African National Congress (ANC) members at the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Irene, Tshwane. Picture: ‏@MYANC.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it won't be looking at specific political parties during its discussions on coalitions at its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting because it hasn't chosen any parties to partner with.

This weekend the party's NEC is holding a meeting in Centurion to reflect on its loss of support during this year's local government elections.

The ANC says its NEC will be discussing coalitions at its meeting but is not discussing specific parties as yet.

Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said: "You can't decide on parties to go into coalitions with because you will have a different permutation in Nelson Mandela Bay, total different combination of parties in Rustenburg."

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), meanwhile, which plays kingmaker in a number of key municipalities, has said it will only consider negotiations with the ANC if President Jacob Zuma is removed from his position.

Mantashe says although the EFF in particular won't be discussed at the meeting, such demands can only be addressed during negotiations, not at the NEC meeting.

Meanwhile, the ANC said it has noted, what it says is a strange phenomenon in the formula for proportional representation which appears to favour smaller parties.

The party said it finds it strange that in areas where it won the majority of wards, it still ended up with lower overall percentages, failing to secure the majority vote.

The party said it will discuss this issue at its National Executive Committee meeting in Irene this week.

The ANC said while it's not crying foul, it does find it strange how the formula for proportional representation affects overall performance.

Mantshe said: "In a number of areas where we have a majority of wards, we ended up being smaller. The example would be in Port Elizabeth where we 60% of wards but we end up with 40% overall."

Mantashe said the party will be analysing this system, before deciding what action to take next.

During the four-day meeting, which started today, the party will analyse its election results from as far back as 1994 to see how it can stop a decline in support.

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