ANC Gauteng to Hold Crucial Talks with PA Leadership over Johannesburg’s Political Future
The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng plans to meet with the Patriotic Alliance (PA) leadership on Saturday. According to SABC News, this development comes after PA leader Gayton McKenzie announced that his party would back ActionSA’s motion of no confidence against Thapelo Amad.
During a media briefing, the chairperson of ANC in Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi, revealed that both parties had been in discussions for two days on the way forward. McKenzie had earlier stated that the Johannesburg coalition had initially chosen Margaret Arnolds from the African Independent Congress to become mayor, but the ANC had insisted on Amad.
Lesufi clarified the ANC’s position, stating that they had spoken to the PA the previous night and that the PA had requested a meeting for the following day. The ANC views the PA as part of the coalition and is willing to engage with them on any issues regarding the government of local unity as long as they remain part of the mayoral committee in Johannesburg. If the PA chooses to withdraw from the coalition, it would be unfortunate, and the ANC still considers them part of the government of local unity.
PA Throws Support Behind Motion of No Confidence Against Embattled Johannesburg Mayor Thapelo Amad
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