ANC, DA expected to hold separate meetings regarding coalitions

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The African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) are expected to hold their crucial meetings on Sunday. The parties are expected to discuss coalitions following the 2021 local government elections.

Political parties, including the ANC and DA,  have failed to garner enough support in parts of South Africa to govern alone. They now have to negotiate with other parties in order to govern through coalitions.

The governing ANC is expected to hold the extended meeting of its National Working Committee (NWC) while the DA also holds the special sitting of its Federal Executive (FedEx) later on Sunday.

Following the declaration of the results on Thursday, municipal councils have to meet within 14 days to elect their speakers and start forming governments.

With political parties having failed to garner enough support to govern alone, they now have to negotiate with each other in order to govern through a coalition.

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After meeting the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Saturday to discuss possible coalition arrangements, the ANC will hold its extended NWC meeting for a report back.

The DA’s FedEx will ponder on the outcomes of those deliberations and decide on its new pact.

Meanwhile, the EFF has constituted a six-member Coalition Negotiations Team to discuss which parties will work with them.

All parties wanting to work with the EFF will have to meet some tough requirements like anti-racism and removing Die Stem from the national anthem in 12 months among others.

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