To get a majority and a mayor for Tshwane, either the ANC or the DA will have to work with the EFF, a source from the ANC said.
The DA has 92 seats, the ANC 89 and the EFF 25. To have control in the city council, a party needs 108 votes.
“The EFF at least talks to us, they have a set of conditions that the ANC in the province has to think about,” says the senior source in the ANC.
“They want the mayorship and offer us some positions on the mayoral committee, as well as the office of speaker.”
Last week, the ANC and the EFF stepped out of the council meeting. Neither party wanted the speaker, Katlego Mathebe, to lead the meeting.
The third option for the ANC is to stay in the opposition banks and wait for the local government elections in 2021 to try to gain power.
This is what Kgosi Maepa, the ANC’s regional chairman in Tshwane, also suggests. He has said on several occasions that they have no interest in ruling the city now and are prepared to wait until the election.
The EFF has had its eye on the mayoral office in Tshwane since last year.
John Steenhuisen, interim leader of the DA, said he was in charge of efforts to resolve the stalemate in Tshwane.