Friday, 26 November
EFF leader Julius Malema insists his party’s backing of DA candidates was not an endorsement of the party but a targeted onslaught against the ANC.
The EFF and ActionSA were in partnership ahead of council sittings in the metropolitan municipalities, which saw the DA take control of council positions.
DA mayoral candidates were elected in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.
Malema accused the DA of seeking to hand over the hung metros to the ANC. ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba made a similar allegation.
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Malema said the EFF decided to save the country’s municipalities by removing the ANC from power.
“Helen Zille thinks she is smart. She thought they would upset the opposition.
“We made her contest for real and win; now she must run municipalities. It is in her hands, and she has no one to blame. We did not vote for the DA, we voted against the ANC.”
Malema insisted his party has no coalition agreement with the DA – this rules out guaranteed support for the party in hung municipalities where it will run minority governments.
“The EFF has no coalition with the DA, and the EFF has no coalition with the DA. The DA won municipalities without any coalition deal, and it ends there.”
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The EFF leader said the party would vote based on service delivery in every municipality.
“When a white man says do not vote for me, we vote for him by force. The DA we gave them power, let’s see what they do. We do not blackmail anyone; we vote according to what makes sense at that time.
“In any municipality, anything that is presented and is based on the best interest of our people, we will vote for it. We do not vote for ideology, we vote for service delivery. We will vote for any budget and motion that speak to service delivery,” Malema added on Wednesday during a media briefing.
With no clear majority in the hung municipality, he said the EFF had no intention to collapse municipalities, insisting the party had no desire for power.
“We are going to vote for things that make sense and are pro-service delivery. We require no contract for us to vote on issues that make sense.”
The DA has continuously stated it wanted no involvement in a coalition agreement with the EFF.
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