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ANC ready to be the opposition - Mantashe

Gwede Mantashe says should coalition talks fail, the ANC is ready to sit in the opposition benches.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it's ready to take on the role of opposition party should it fail to agree on coalitions in some municipalities.

Political parties have been engaging in coalition negotiations for leadership in 27 municipalities which have no outright winner after the municipal elections.

The party says while it's in talks over coalitions, it accepts that it won't emerge as majority leader in all 27 municipalities.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the National Executive Committee has met with numerous parties to discuss possible partnerships.

"These results we've accepted, that's why we're negotiating with other parties to form coalitions and talk to people because we're accepting these results."

But he says should some of these talks fail, the ANC is ready to sit in the opposition benches.

"If we agree, we'll go and form a government. If we don't agree, we're also psychologically ready to be in opposition benches."

The Economic Freedom Fighters is one of the parties the ANC has met with although it demands to have president Jacob Zuma recalled before it will consider a coalition.

Listen: Gwede Mantashe talks to John Robbie about the ANC's NEC outcomes

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