A coalition between the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has placed both opposition parties in a new position of power against the majority party, African National Congress (ANC).
This comes after the DA garnered the most support at the polls in Nelson Mandela Bay and City of Tshwane at the 2016 local government elections, leaving the ANC to bite the dust and the EFF in a position to swing majority support for coalition governments.
However, political analyst, Dr Somadoda Fikeni, cautioned of the detrimental effects on the EFF's radical brand should they work with the DA's liberal ideology in coalition government.
702's Nikiwe Bikitsha (standing in for John Robbie) spoke to him on what we can expect from the likely coalitions.
He said that if coalition talks prove to be fruitless, various municipalities might be run under minority government.
Listen to the interview below:
A severe punishment of the ANC, which they should have seen coming based on their downward slide in the previous elections in the metros.— Dr Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst
For now, this makes the EFF very strategic and important but in the long run, it could be a liability on their brand.— Dr Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst