What happens if coalitions prove too difficult to form?

2016 municipal election results have been announced and elections are done and dusted. But what happens next?

In Tshwane, Johannesburg, and Ekurhuleni both the DA and ANC got less than 50% of votes meaning they will need help from the smaller parties in order to govern these big metros.

The EFF has already given the ANC certain conditions. The party will only consider a coalition if President Jacob Zuma is booted.

CapeTalk's John Maytham looks at the rules and regulations of forming coalitions and what happens if parties don't agree to each others terms?

If political parties cant find each other over these two weeks and form a coalition, then there is an option of forming an minority government where the party with the plurality will sit down and say we are going to be in government and we will go and elect the mayor.

Paul Berkowitz, Local Government expert

However, according to local government expert Paul Berkowitz, that could be a problem because any decision made will require a majority in the municipal council.

You might find that you get stuck, you cant pass or amend by-laws, even approving the budget....

Paul Berkowitz, Local Government expert

Worst case scenario, Berkowitz says, would be that the municipality be placed under under-administration which means the municipality will be run by the Provincial Department of Corporative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Listen to the full conversation below for further explanations on coalitions:

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