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Opinion: EFF first wants the ANC to eat humble pie

ANTHONY BUTLER | 2016-08-12 09:31:00.0
Julius Malema, the firebrand leader of South Africa's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) addresses his supporters during his campaign ahead of the August 3 local elections, in Etwatwa
Julius Malema, the firebrand leader of South Africa's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) addresses his supporters during his campaign ahead of the August 3 local elections, in Etwatwa, a township near Benoni, South Africa. July 27,2016.
Image by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / REUTERS

The outcome of coalition negotiations can be notoriously hard to predict. Every party needs to keep its options open, which requires a willingness to strike bargains with unlikely partners.

Despite such intrinsic uncertainty, the DA and EFF are now quite likely to hop into bed together, despite being incompatible in the long term because of differing views on private property and economic policy.

For the official opposition, the EFF’s historic role has been to eat into the ANC’s support on the left, while the DA makes inroads on the right. Eventually, the ANC will have to govern with one or the other (supposing there is anything left to govern by that point).

While the EFF and the DA may not be destined for marriage, there are strong incentives for both of them to enjoy a brief and tempestuous romance. EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi noted this week that his party had a "winning attitude" rather than actually winning anything. An EFF-ANC coalition today would be struck on relatively disadvantageous terms.

The EFF’s immediate task is rather to teach the ANC a "historic lesson in humility". This formulation leaves open the possibility of reconciliation between a "more humble" ANC and the EFF after the 2019 elections. This would follow an easy-to-engineer falling-out with the DA in 2018.

This is an edited extract. Read the full column on BDlive

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