They are not desperate, but the ANC is in talks with other political parties in the Tshwane metro to form a coalition government.
This is what David Makhura, Gauteng’s prime minister and provincial chairman of the ANC, said at the provincial ANC meeting in Pretoria on Sunday.
“The ANC is not desperate. The ANC is not seeking power in Tshwane at all costs. We are not going to hand over power and we are not going to use our votes to vote for someone else to take power.
“We talk to all parties to work with us If they do not want to do this, we do not mind staying in opposition banks. We’re not going to be left at the mercy of people who put us in charge and then use us to achieve their own goals. ”
Makhura said the ANC is working hard to get the support of other political parties for a coalition government. It comes amid a stalemate in Tshwane council to find a successor to former Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa, who resigned earlier this month following the alleged audio recording sex scandal involving former Tshwane DA councilor Sheila Senkubuge, is also implied. Mokgalapa will also be subject to a disciplinary hearing by the DA’s Federal Law Commission.
In the 2016 local government election, the ANC did not win the majority of the proportional vote, despite winning the majority of wards in Tshwane.
The political analyst Dr. Ralph Mathekga told Sarel van der Walt that he thinks the EFF’s actions with the state speech last Thursday bothered the ANC, but politics at the regional level – such as the formation of possible coalitions between the ANC and the EFF – may not be influenced by what Parliament did not happen.
“When it comes to regional politics and the takeover of Tshwane, it’s all about power and not about principles,” Mathekga says.
Makhura also elaborated on the ANC’s view and policy on land expropriation on Sunday.
He said the debate and policy proposals were “about more than just sentiment”, it was also about “uplifting rural communities.
“The land issue is not a sentimental issue where you just want to wake up in the morning and say there is my ground. It’s about people’s livelihood. The land should be divided so that we can sustain more people, especially in the rural areas, and in the case of cities, the land should be used more productively to promote the construction of new businesses, ”Makhura said.