With the 2021 municipal polls reaching an inconclusive outcome, the polls for the first time have recorded the highest number of hung municipalities (52) as talks for coalitions kick-off.
Political parties like the Democratic Alliance, ActionSA, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will all be looking to strike a coalition deal with smaller political parties to gather the remaining chunk of the national vote.
However, the situation is quite dicey for the African National Congress (ANC) as its leader Cyril Ramaphosa had earlier stated prior to the election that the party will not be going into any coalition pact with smaller parties.
Ramaphosa said the ANC possesses the capability to amass enough votes to win its strongholds and capture new territories after the polls.
However, reports reveal that the ANC might be struggling with a possible coalition with smaller parties. Political pundits have also revealed that with the ANC struggling with service delivery and with no vote of confidence from electorates, the ANC might be on the verge of conceding more municipalities to the DA and EFF.
Hung municipalities in the Western Cape stand at 16. Smaller parties like the Patriotic Alliance, Good party, and other parties will be awaiting offers from the big political parties for a possible coalition.
Elsewhere in Gauteng, the hung municipalities stand at five excluding the metros. It will be recalled that the ANC has been able to establish dominance in some areas, especially the Lesedi municipality where the ANC recorded over 50%.
The ANC continues to also struggle in Mpumalanga, Maluti-a-Phofung, and Tshwete municipality as the party will require a coalition to win these municipalities.
The DA on the other hand earlier today said it has drafted legal documents to open talks with the ActionSA for a possible coalition.