The African National Congress (ANC) has completed its engagements with the political parties it plans to enter into coalitions within some hung municipalities.

In a statement, the party says most hung municipalities will now be able to form councils as a result.

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It says it is prepared to end corruption in the partnerships and unite South Africans through service delivery. The ANC’s National Executive Committee is expected to convene at the weekend where it will announce the parties it will lead with.

The deadline for the formation of councils in the hung municipalities is next Tuesday.

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IFP and ANC coalition

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on Wednesday made an about-turn on its decision not to form a coalition with the ANC. Addressing the media in Durban, the IFP said the agreement is that the party that received the most seats in a hung council will govern the municipality in question.

KwaZulu-Natal has 21 hung municipalities.

Earlier this month, IFP President Velenkosini Hlabisa told the media that the party would not be entering into coalitions with the ANC.

Hlabisa explained that this latest decision means that both political parties will assist each other where they have the majority in councils. But he says the agreement does not give the ruling party free reign over council affairs.