South Africa: ANC to Form Joburg Coalition As Makhubo Takes Mayoral Chains


Newly elected Johannesburg Mayor Geoff Makhubo has announced that the ANC will establish a formal coalition with the parties who helped elect him on Wednesday. While the ANC orchestrated the collapse of the DA-led coalition, Makhubo twisted the knife on Thursday, claiming the city is on the brink of financial collapse.

The ANC will enter into a formal coalition in Johannesburg with the parties that helped elect Geoff Makhubo as mayor, signalling an end to the DA's coalition arrangement that helped it take the city after the 2016 elections.

Makhubo, speaking at the city council on Thursday, thanked the African Independent Congress (AIC), Al Jama-ah, Congress of the People (Cope), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Patriotic Alliance (PA) and United Democratic Movement (UDM).

He said the ANC is negotiating executive positions with the parties and he would announce his leadership team by the weekend.

"Yes, we're going into a formal coalition with the parties. We are negotiating at the moment who will lead what. We will be an all-encompassing government, not a government of the DA," he said.

Makhubo won 137 votes in Wednesday's mayoral election. The ANC has 121 seats, the IFP five and AIC four. Cope, UDM, Al Jama-ah...

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Daily Maverick

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.