Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says that he is not talking to rival party, the Democratic Alliance about president Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla case.
Both parties have taken Zuma to the Constitutional Court to force him to abide by the Public Protector’s remedial action relating to upgrades to his homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.
The DA said it will continue with its case despite the president agreeing to pay back a portion of the public money he spent.
“We’re not talking to the DA about this matter. We’re not talking to them about any coalition,” Malema said in a press briefing on Thursday.
Last week, Malema called on other opposition parties to unite with the EFF to break the grip of the ANC at municipal polls later this year.
The Sunday Times then reported that four political parties, including the DA, and EFF, have held informal discussions ‘to create a united front’ to challenge the ANC in the local government elections.
These coalition talks were confirmed by leading figures in four opposition parties, with DA spokeswoman Phumzile van Damme telling the Sunday Times that Mmusi Maimane has had “some very informal discussions with other party leaders about [these coalitions]”.
The EFF won 6% of the vote in the 2014 general election, while the DA improved to win 22% of the vote. The ANC vote declined to 62%, from 66% in 2009.
Malema told journalists on Thursday: “We will never join the DA in court. The DA will join us. We will never be led by Maimane. We will lead Maimane.”
“I can’t be led by someone from church straight into politics. We’ll never be led by Maimane,” Malema said.
The EFF leader accused DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, of abandoning his posh accent in parliament.
“Maimane asked the Concourt to join us. We’ll never do that. We’ll never be led by DA that seeks bring colonialism via (the) back door.
“Even if we’re going to have a coalition with the DA and others, we’ll do it on our own terms. We have a revolutionary programme,” Malema said.
He said that anyone that works with the EFF will have to meet its requirements.
“We won’t compromise principle for political expediency. We’re prepared to form a coalition with anyone who is prepared to meet our non-negotiable cardinal pillars,” the EFF lead said.