Democratic Alliance (DA) interim leader John Steenhuisen has admitted that his party will try to woo other parties to take control of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality.
The municipality is currently without a mayor after the Monagameli Bobani was removed in a motion of no confidence earlier this month.
The DA, which had previously control the municipality with the help of other small parties in the council, is back again trying to regain power in the council.
Despite many parties such as the EFF, UDM and Patriotic Alliance having accused the DA of being arrogant, Steenhuisen says he will once again try to negotiate with the small parties.
” We will start the process now of talking to other parties to see if we can find some common ground about rescuing the bay from the corrupt people who have forced this metro to it’s knees,” Steenhuisen said.
However, the DA will face stiff competition from the African National Congress(ANC) in their bid to control the metro.
The ANC is reported to be in negotiations with the EFF to take over the municipality they lost in 2016 local elections.
The ANC and EFF have recently forged good working relationship, with the latter having helped the former to take power in Johannesburg.