EFF Considers Leaving Democratic Alliance For ANC

The founder and leader of South-Afriaca's far-left and anti-capitalist party, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema adjusts his beret during a press conference on February 13, 2015 in Cape Town, a day after chaos erupted in parliament during the President's State of the Nation address. Radical lawmakers who interrupted President Jacob Zuma to demand he "pay back the money" spent on upgrades to his private residence were dragged kicking and fighting out of parliament by a large force of security officials. Malema, formerly youth leader in the ruling African National Congress (ANC) until the party expelled him in 2012, said the country is in a "crisis" as Zuma, which was hotly heckled by members of the EFF, said the nature of the democracy the country has embraced was partly to blame for the mess. AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA)  seems not to be working out at the time they needed to unite and remain strong against their opponents ANC.

My party cannot be guaranteed of voting with the Democratic Alliance EFF leader, Julius Malema says after EFF’s boycott of municipal council meetings in DA-led metros which were sparked by the removal of Nelson Mandela Bay Deputy Mayor Mongameli Bobani of the United Democratic Movement through a motion of no confidence supported by the DA.  He said in Pretoria in the wake of accepting his BA Honors degree in rationality that there were no splits between the EFF and the DA since they had never been in a coalition.

“We are not in a coalition with the DA, we have never been in a coalition with the DA. We are in a coalition with our people. If you respect our people, you will get our votes. You ill-treat our people, you disrespect them, you look down on them because you think you are a super political party, we will teach you a lesson. “We don’t care about these metros; whether the ANC takes them, whether the DA takes them, it’s none of our business. “We will from time to time vote based on issues on the table [but] our vote for the DA is no longer guaranteed.”

He said, adding that if the ANC put a solid proposal on the table, the EFF would vote for it. Last week the leader of the Democratic Alliance called for an urgent meeting with the EFF over the party’s announcement that its council members to leave the councils of the three metros governed by the opposition party coalitions. This came after the United Democratic Movement (UDM) councillor, Mongameli Bobani as Deputy Executive Mayor in Nelson Mandela Bay last month; a decision which was harshly criticised by the EFF at the time. The UDM and Bobani have subsequently turned to the courts to have the motion of no-confidence in him set aside.

The issues between the two parties achieved a breaking point in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro prompting a chamber meeting in Tshwane going to a sudden end. “Following the activities of the DA in Nelson Mandela Metro which showed a self-importance of energy and white supremacy‚ we have chosen to avoid all other district committee gatherings represented by the DA-drove restriction coalitions.

Although the EFF is not part of any opposition coalition government‚ we have taken exception to the actions of the DA in Nelson Mandela Metro‚” a statement by the EFF read. The DA at a time threatened that if problems with its coalition partner, EFF persist, it may be forced to walk away from its collaboration.

However, Maimane likened the coalitions between his party with the EFF and UDM to marriage, saying they were not insurmountable “Coalitions are like a marriage, you have a disagreement on one issue and that is the end of the marriage; it can’t be, you must engage. That is why we are open for dialogue, that’s why we are calling for dialogue,”

said Maimane. “I think we will continue to work, this is not an insurmountable issue, we will continue to work; we will continue delivering to the people.” In reply to this, Malema said that there was no need to talk about a divorce because there was never a marriage between the two party.



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