Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
5 minute read
17 Sep 2021
6:05 pm

Battle for Gauteng metros kicks off ahead of final election registration week

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

While they all hope for outright majority wins as they trot out their promises, it seems parties are already preparing to negotiate for coalitions.

parties fierce battle A general view of local elections campaign posters on May 10, 2021 in Pretoria, South Africa. Picture: Gallo Images/Lefty Shivambu

A fierce battle for Gauteng's biggest metros Johannesburg and Tshwane has commenced, as parties' campaign activities picked up pace this week. As the African National Congress (ANC) fights to maintain its hold over Johannesburg in the coming local government elections, the Democratic Alliance (DA) is hoping to keep running Tshwane with both on shaky coalition grounds. The DA says majority wins are the best case scenario to bring back stability to city councils, but parties are already preparing to negotiate for coalitions. The ANC Johannesburg caucus has yet to announce a candidate to run for the coming polls, but have...