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Only 2 hung municipal councils yet to be resolved in WC

The DA claimed most and yesterday announced a partnership with the Karoo Community Initiative.

FILE: The City of Cape Town in the Western Cape. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Only two of the Western Cape's hung municipal councils still have to be resolved with some parties confirming to coalition governments.

At least eight councils were left undecided in the province following the local government elections earlier this month.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has claimed most and yesterday announced a partnership with the Karoo Community Initiative, which represents three parties in Prince Albert, Beaufort West and Laingsburg.

Earlier this week, the DA wrapped up a coalition agreement in Knysna with an independent councillor.

The party has also partnered with the Congress of the People in the Witzenberg council.

The DA's Jaco Londt says the party is still in negotiations regarding a coalition in the Hessequa Municipality.

"That agreement will be signed at a national level but all indications are that we should be able to continue a coalition with the Freedom Front government in Hessequa."

On the other hand, the African National Congress and Active United Front secured control of the Bitou Municipality after forming a coalition yesterday.

The only other undecided council, led by the Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa, is Kannaland.

Talks are said to be moving at a snail's pace.

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