SANCO concerned about the implications of hung municipalities

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The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Friday expressed serious concern about the high number of hung municipalities after the 2021 Local Government Elections final results were announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Thursday evening.

No outright winner emerged from 66 municipalities across the country regarded as hung municipalities.

The African National Congress (ANC) was declared the highest winner with 161 municipalities (46%) followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) with 13 (22%) and the Economic Freedom Front at 10%. The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) won 10 municipalities forth with (6%) while Freedom Front Plus (FF+) and Action SA (ASA) obtained 2% respectively.

SANCO National Spokesperson Simon Skhosana said while they acknowledge that the results represent the expressed will of voters that participated in the elections, “the implication of this on the prospect of improved service delivery for our communities is worrying, given that most municipalities which were governed by coalitions post the 2016 local government elections were dysfunctional and characterised by instability and political strive throughout their term”.

Skhosana insisted that coalitions must be constituted in the interest of good governance and improving service delivery. “Those to be appointed as mayors and speakers must be properly skilled individuals and competent leaders to execute those responsibilities”.

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