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ANC concedes defeat in Nelson Mandela Bay

The ANC will tonight hold a meeting to discuss how it will approach its new role as an opposition.

FILE: ANC mayoral candidate Danny Jordaan and Eastern Cape chairperson Phumulo Masualle. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWn.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in Nelson Mandela Bay has conceded defeat after failing to secure coalition partners.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) this afternoon announced a multi-party coalition government with the United Democratic Movement (UDM), African Christian Democratic Party and Congress of the People.

The party, allocated 57 seats after the elections, needed four for majority while the ANC required 11.

The ANC in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro will tonight hold a meeting to discuss how it will approach its new role as an opposition.

The party's regional secretary, Beza Ntshona, says the ANC was hoping to reach an agreement with the EFF, which has six seats.

"Now that we have heard that the EFF are voting with the DA, we go into the council as the opposition."

At tomorrow's inaugural council meeting, Athol Trollip is expected to be officially installed as mayor.

It's understood the UDM's Mongameli Bobani will be deputy mayor.