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EFF & DA feel let down by smaller parties after ANC retains Rustenburg

the African National Congress retained power with mayor Mpho Khunou returning for a second term in office.

EFF members singing and dancing behind DA Tshwane mayoral elect Solly Msimanga. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/ EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA) in Rustenburg say they feel let down by the other small political parties who withdrew from an agreement to form a coalition government and oust the anc.

Yesterday, the African National Congress (ANC) retained power with mayor Mpho Khunou returning for a second term in office

Proceedings in the chamber got off to a rocky yesterday morning, with clashes between the ANC and EFF requiring police to be deployed to the city centre.

Opposition parties have been unhappy with the result after being confident that negotiations with other small entities, would lead to a coalition government.

The red berets Betty Diale says they accept the ruling party's win.

"Now at this stage as EFF we're saying it's fine ANC has retained Rustenburg Municipality. We're still weighing our options in this regard, but for now we've no fights against anyone."

The DA's Herman Groenewald said, "The ANC must know that they're in for the big thing now as we're much more watchful at this stage on each and every department."

Both DA and EFF say smaller opposition parties that had agreed to vote in favour of a coalition government reneged on the plan.

The red berets say while they accept defeat, they believe the absence of some members during today's vote could have swung the result in a different way.

Diale said they are now weighing their options after today's result.

"Not all members that we expected will be voting with us as the opposition [did so]. For example, we had Black Consciousness Movement who didn't vote and we have another councillor, who we can't identify at this stage, who also did not vote with the EFF and the opposition."

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