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DA hopes to conclude coalition talks soon

The DA's James Selfe says talks with other opposition parties are now well-advanced.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says its talks with all political parties except the African National Congress (ANC) about forming coalitions are going well and that it hopes to seal the deal on governing municipalities fairly soon.

It's also confirmed that those talks include a bid to take over Joburg even though the ANC received more votes but fell below the fifty percent mark.

Last week's local government elections saw the ANC falling below fifty percent in all three Gauteng metros including Nelson Mandela Bay and other smaller municipalities.

The chair of the DA' s federal council James Selfe says talks with the various other opposition parties are now actually well-advanced.

"We are in the process of exchanging documentation and bottom lines about how those governments would operate, and we plan to meet later in the week to discuss further and hopefully settle the matter."

He says that they have also managed to move on from talking about ideology to practical issues around actually running municipalities.

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