Five questions about the EFF’s coalition plans answered

Here's where the EFF stands right now on coalition talks

17 November 2021 - 08:15
EFF president Julius Malema addresses the media on the negotiations of coalitions with other parties.
EFF president Julius Malema addresses the media on the negotiations of coalitions with other parties.
Image: Thapelo Morebudi /The Sunday Times.

EFF leader Julius Malema explained his party’s position on coalition negotiations with political parties including the ANC and newcomers ActionSA.

He said his party’s highest decision-making body, the war council, decided to terminate coalition talks with the ruling party, which he accused of negotiating in bad faith and only showing interest in positions and power. 

Malema said the EFF was not desperate to govern and it will not get into government by compromising its principles which are aimed at uplifting South Africans.

Here are five questions about the EFF’s coalition plans answered:

WILL THE EFF TEAM UP WITH THE ANC?

Malema accused the ANC of arrogance and unwillingness to discuss important issues such as service delivery. He said representatives of the party rushed to discussions about positions and power-sharing in hung municipalities.

“The war council decided to stop coalition negotiations with the ANC because they are failing to provide clear commitments and timelines on the key issues raised as the basis for negotiations. The ANC was unable to give clear commitment on issues that we have raised,” said Malema. 

YES, BUT WILL THEY VOTE FOR ANC CANDIDATES IN COUNCIL?

Malema said his party will not vote for the ANC and other parties that did not approach them for coalition negotiations.

“The EFF will not be voting for and will not support any candidate put forward by the ANC in all municipalities for all positions including positions of speaker, chief whip and mayor. In municipalities where there is consensus to win, the EFF will field candidate positions and in each instance will publish the basic principles of such a collaboration,” said Malema.

IS THE DOOR CLOSED ON AN EFF-ACTIONSA COALITION?

Malema said the door was still open for negotiations with ActionSA, even after the party rejected the red berets’ coalition proposal, which would have seen the EFF and ActionSA depend on the ANC for votes.

ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba said the party was not willing to contravene a commitment it made to its voters against working with the ANC.

Malema said Mashaba’s decision was ill-informed as he was “politically illiterate”, saying the EFF would give him time to reconsider. 

WHAT ABOUT TEAMING UP WITH THE IFP?

The firebrand leader said his party is not desperate to govern though it would consider talks with the IFP.

“We are not desperate to govern. We are not going to do everything in our power to get into government by compromising the fundamental principles which are going to change the lives of our people. We are not going to do that,” he said.

WON’T THE EFF’S LAND REDISTRIBUTION STANCE MAKE COALITIONS HARDER?

Malema said the land issue is a hot debate among political parties. The EFF wants land expropriation without compensation, while the IFP wants compensation. He said the ANC is mum on the matter and its position remains unclear.

He said the EFF is willing to compromise, but with limitations. 

“We are prepared to compromise in relation to our coalition relationship with those people, but we are not prepared to compromise it as an EFF policy, he said. 


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