ANC in Western Cape welcomes ‘historic coalition’ in Laingsburg

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The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape says it welcomes what it has termed “a historic coalition” formed in Laingsburg with the Patriotic Alliance, Karoo Gemeenskap Party, and Karoo Democratic Force.

In a statement released on Monday, the party says the Prince Albert Municipal Council will on Tuesday have its sitting followed by the Beaufort West Municipality on Wednesday.

The Patriotic Alliance’s John Smith is expected to be inaugurated as the mayor. Laingsburg is one of the 16 hung municipalities in the province where no political party got an outright majority.

The DA got three seats, the ANC two seats and the others one seat each.

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The party says as soon as the municipalities have met, the Central Karoo District Municipal Council will convene.

“The coalitions agreements are based on principled commitment by partners to ensure service delivery, good governance, redress in favour of the poor, accountability of officials, anti-corruption and stability,” reads the statement in part.