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Outcome of coalition talks expected today

The EFF will announce later today whether it’s entered into any coalitions following the local govt elections.

EFF leader Julius Malema speaks to the media at the IEC National Results Centre in Tshwane. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Residents of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay should find out by midday today what coalitions will be running their cities.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to announce later today whether it's entered into any coalitions amid speculation it may decide not to form coalitions at all.

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That could mean the African National Congress (ANC) will be forced to create a minority administration in Johannesburg, while the Democratic Alliance (DA) could form a minority local government in the capital.

LISTEN: DA in Nelson Mandela Bay says it doesn't need the EFF for coalition

But political analyst Daryl Glaser says this may not be the best outcome.

"It's legally doable and politically possible but it's not going to be easy. What you want from a government is some degree of stability and continuity."

Two weeks ago, the local government elections saw the DA getting more votes than the ANC in Tshwane, while the ANC fell the below 50 percent mark in Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni, appearing to give the EFF the balance of power.

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