ANC IFP ethekwini

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ANC may now LOSE CONTROL of eThekwini – after IFP ditch coalition deal!

It’s a major political u-turn from the IFP: The party appears to have broken its voting pact with the ANC – and eThekwini is in the balance.

ANC IFP ethekwini

Photo: Thabiso Goba

Wow… wow, wow, and another wow. In times like these, finding the words to articulate such a huge political development doesn’t come easy. But we’re happy to stick with that first sentence. The meeting of the eThekwini Council has descended into chaos, after the IFP sensationally DUMPED the ANC and their coalition agreement.

  • The meeting has now ENDED for the evening, and will reconvene later this week…

IFP ditch agreement with ANC – but why?

Last week, both the ruling party and the IFP made a pact to vote for each other in the remainder of hung municipalities across KZN. This would have resolved the impasse currently plaguing the province, and certainly, Cyril Ramaphosa was hoping for a reprieve from a poor set of elections. However, the flimsy deal has collapsed within days.

That’s because the IFP is understood to be dismayed with the ANC’s insistence on keeping Mxolisi Kaunda as their mayoral candidate in eThekwini. This allegedly broke the pact agreed between the two parties, and the political underdogs have decided to pivot away from the ANC in dramatic style…

  • In Newcastle, the IFP made a last-ditch switch to court the DA, and took charge of the municipality themselves.
  • In the uMvoti Municipality, the Abantu Batho Party became kingmakers, and put the IFP in ahead of the ANC.
  • And, uMhlathuze in Richards Bay seems to be heading in a similar direction, after the IFP ditched the ANC here too.

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The IFP is now likely to back the DA in eThekwini, with the EFF also understood to be supporting the Blues.

Of course, all of this high drama has brought protests from the ANC benches. Both councillors and gatvol party supporters have disrupted the voting proceedings in eThekwini, with a number of female members breaking into the Council Chambers. Nicole Graham, the DA candidate for Mayor, has described what she witnessed: