ANC saves AIC coalition agreement

The African National Congress (ANC) and the African Independent Congress (AIC) tightens the coalition agreement following rumours of disagreements and possible termination of coalition.

The two parties have met today to discuss promises and commitments made when the parties entered into a coalition agreement following the 2016 Local Government Elections in August 2016.

According to the statement released by the ANC on Monday the parties have adopted a memorandum of understanding that will regulate the coalition partnership between the two organizations and both organisations are committed to the creation of a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa that delivers services to all.

Outcomes of the meeting:

  1. Parties have agreed on political cooperation in the national interest with specific reference to Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Rustenburg Local Municipality, Umkhanyakude District Municipality and other municipalities where both parties have representation.
  2. The parties have further committed themselves to a roadmap which outlines the proposed constitutional demarcation process to incorporate Matatiele Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape into KwaZulu-Natal province.
This roadmap outlines a constitutionally and legally compliant process towards this objective.
In addition to the process towards the incorporation of Matatiele into KwaZulu-Natal, the parties have agreed to the roll-out of specific projects which constitute the understanding between the parties and include:
    • The opening of an Agricultural College in Matatiele Adjunct of Maluti
    • The tarring of all Provincial rural roads with specific reference to the roads connecting Lesotho and South Africa resulting in Matatiele being declared a nodal point
The parties met after the AIC threatened to pull out of the coalition agreement, the decision which will see the ANC losing another key Metro following the loss of Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay and Johannesburg in 2016 Local Elections

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