Ekurhuleni and eThekwini councils descend into chaos

Tables and chairs overturned in eThekwini when deal struck with the IFP collapsed

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DA’s Tania Campbell elected as executive mayor of Ekurhuleni

Campbell takes over from the ANC’s Mzwandile Masina, who has governed the city through a coalition since 2016

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Parties urged not to give kingmakers too much power

Rewarding kingmakers with the most powerful positions is undemocratic and often leads to failure,  say Western Cape academics

POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Ramaphosa and security cluster ministers to be grilled by MPs

The government’s intelligence gathering capabilities are expected to come under scrutiny

Herman Mashaba one step closer to becoming Johannesburg mayor

The DA, ActionSA, Freedom Front Plus (FF+), ACDP, UDM and Cope met on Friday and most parties agreed to endorse Mashaba for the mayoral position in Johannesburg

ANC set to announce coalition partners, mayoral candidates on Sunday

Negotiations with various political parties concluded

Ramaphosa and Motsepe donated over R6m to ANC ahead of election, says IEC

Commission reveals donors that gave parties amounts over R100,000

DA the front-runner in the race for Tshwane mayor

The ANC has said working with the DA may be ‘a bridge too far’ and the DA has insisted it can have ‘no formal coalition agreement’ with the ANC

ANC looks set to retain eThekwini with IFP help

Parties strike a deal to give each other support but not as a coalition

Deadlock raises odds of unstable metros after coalition talks fall apart

Coalition talks between parties collapse but ANC can elect some mayors with simple majority

Patriotic Alliance withdrawal weakens DA ahead of coalition deadline

With time running out to form coalitions, PA’s exit from talks is a setback for DA’s strategy to unseat ANC in metros

Some in ANC resigned to opposition role as coalition talks race into final straight

Joburg, Tshwane, eThekwini, Ekurhuleni and Nelson Mandela Bay all hang in the balance

POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Clock ticking on municipal coalitions

Many surprises could be in store as parties are staking out who they can negotiate with while weighing up the dynamics of municipalities

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