The EFF announced that they would not go into coalition with the DA in any municipalities as the DA refused their request that the red brigade receive the mayor in Pretoria.
They also said they would not partner with the ANC if votes were to be voted for.
Observers say time will tell how long the “promise” will last because money speaks louder than political promises.
The DA will not surrender the government of the City of Tshwane to the EFF, regional leader Abel Tau has said. Tau, also utility services MMC in the City’s DA-led coalition government, hit out at his EFF counterpart Moafrika Mabogwana, who has called for a fresh election in the metro.
“We don’t live in a banana republic where everyone can today decide that I am not happy with how people have voted and call for elections,” said Tau.
“In democracy, you respect democracy and wait for the next election cycle.”
After the May 8 general elections, EFF commander-in-chief Julius Malema had announced that his party was eyeing the mayorship in Tshwane and also wanted a role on the mayoral committee in Joburg.
He said the EFF planned to take Tshwane because “it was in the red, with allegedly corrupt business people from former mayor Sputla Kgosientsho’s era still doing business with the metro”.
The working relationship between EFF and the DA started after the 2016 local government polls. The parties voted together at hung councils in Nelson Mandela Bay, City of Joburg and Tshwane.
At the time, Malema said the DA was a “better devil” than the ANC. In council last week, Mabogwana said the call for fresh elections was prompted by the fact that the DA-led administration was in crisis.
This was evident by the party’s inability to spend the budget.
He criticised the style of leadership of current mayor Stevens Mokgalapa, saying it was no different from that of his predecessor, Solly Msimanga.
“There is no service delivery in the municipality; that is why for the past week there has been a protest in Mamelodi regarding electricity,” he said.
However, Tau said the DA would not give up Tshwane.
He added that his party took this position during the initial stages of political talks between the two parties.
The talks, he said, had since stalled after it emerged that the parties were worlds apart.
“There is (presently) no communication to that effect. The DA is not giving up Tshwane. At the local level, I know that we are not talking,” Tau added.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has withdrawn its 2016 decision to vote with the Democratic Alliance (DA) at municipalities, party leader Julius Malema said on Tuesday.
Neither will the EFF support the governing African National Congress, Malema said.
“We will participate in the debates, make inputs, however, we will not vote,” Malema told reporters at a briefing in Johannesburg.
The working relationship between the red berets of the EFF and the DA started after the 2016 local government polls. The two parties voted together on issues at hung councils such as Nelson Mandela Bay, the City of Johannesburg and in Tshwane. At the time, Malema said the DA was the “better devil” compared to the ANC.
“Being neutral was not an option. A revolutionary can never be neutral. We’re not in positions, there is no alliance or special committee to manage here. We are caught between the two devils and had to choose a better devil. We had to take sides, if we were wrong…this is history, let history judge us,” Malema told reporters back in 2016.
After the May 8 general elections this year, Malema announced that his party was eyeing the mayorship in Tshwane and also wanted to play a role in the mayoral committee in the City of Johannesburg. The EFF planned to take Tshwane because it was in the red, with allegedly corrupt business people from former mayor Sputla Kgosientsho’s era still doing business with the metro.
The DA confirmed it was approached by the EFF and had informed the red berets that they have signed agreements to work together with the Congress of the People (Cope), the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus), and won’t give in to the EFF’s demands to take over hung councils.
The relationship has come to an end as the DA now refuses to cooperate with the EFF, Malema said.
“The DA refuses to vote with us. We voted for them but now they won’t vote with us for Tshwane. We can’t keep voting for the DA when they cannot vote for us…It is done, it’s finished.”
However, the EFF still supports DA mayor Herman Mashaba’s leadership style in Johannesburg.
“Mashaba is a good guy…we even said we can have him as an EFF mayor, we do not mind. Maybe Mashaba is teaching us something…maybe our problems do not need politicians. Mashaba is not a politician, he does not take political attitudes, and it helps,” Malema said.
The EFF will hold its second National Assembly in December in Johannesburg where new leaders will be elected. Malema said branches are going to discuss leadership but not nominate any. The nomination of leaders will take place at plenary under the management of the electoral commission, he said.
The ANC in Tshwane ridiculed the EFF’s bid for mayorship, given that it only had 11% of the votes in council.
Sources: Pretoria News; Vryburger, EWN