ACM reluctant to continue with coalition talks in Maluti-A-Phofung

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The African Content Movement (ACM) says it is reluctant to continue with coalition talks in Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality in the Free State as the deadline looms for municipalities to form coalitions.

The ACM says the ANC and MAP16 are cut from the same cloth.

The party has also accused MAP16 of being greedy and not willing to share high positions in the municipality.

It says the ANC on the other hand has been in government for years and failed the embattled municipality.

The last option is now for the party to pull out and be in opposition.

The party’s deputy president, Isaac Letsoaka says they will soon announce a final decision.

“We have been talking to the African National Congress (ANC) and they sent us David Mahlobo but they have leadership in Maluti-A-Phofung who we are supposed to talk to. In MAP16, it seems as if they are after positions because they want the mayoral position and the speaker,” explains Letsoaka.

“We are [a] little bit worried about those councillors who have been in the ANC for a long time. Since [ANC councillors  took over] then this municipality has been having problems. We have not yet finalised everything up to so far, we are waiting for Thursday,” adds Letsoaka.

Meanwhile, plans to form a coalition government in the hung Nelson Mandela Bay Metro have hit a snag.

This comes after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) announced it will not be voting with the ANC or the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The metro will be holding its inaugural council meeting on Wednesday.

Both the ANC and the DA are in pole position to form coalition government with 48 seats each.

A political party needs 61 seats to have majority in council, and the EFF was seen as the kingmakers with its eight seats.

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