On Thursday, the DA-led coalition governments of Tshwane and Johannesburg successfully passed its first budgets and Integrated Development Plans (IDP) for the financial year. Getting the necessary votes in these hung municipalities was a crucial hurdle for the new coalition partners. A formal coalition was formed between the DA, UDM, Congress of the People (Cope), African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and the Freedom Front Plus after the ANC lost power in municipalities and metros across the country. The loss was most notably felt in Johannesburg and Tshwane, where the EFF acted as king-makers by deciding to vote with the opposition against the ANC. Both of these metros have passed budgets described as pro-poor. In Johannesburg, the ANC, the African Independent Congress and the Patriotic Alliance voted against the budget. The EFF added its votes to that of the official coalition partners, which, in Johannesburg, includes the IFP and Al Jama-ah. The votes ensured the R55.9bn budg...

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