Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, says that the party held talks with the ANC over a coalition and presented the ruling party with a list of demands which included the removal of president Jacob Zuma.
Additional demands by the EFF included removing ‘Die Stem’ from the national anthem, nationalising the mines, providing free education, and scrapping South Africa’s nuclear deal with Russia.
However, on presenting its list, Malema said that on all issues the ANC was non-committal.
“We are happy to announce there is no deal with the DA – we will not be going into a coalition with anyone,” Malema said.
The politician said that it has no relationship with the ‘racist DA’. He said however, that in the Gauteng metros, the EFF will vote DA. “We had to choose between two devils,” he said, adding that the EFF would never go back to the ‘arrogant’ ANC.
The DA’s federal chairman, James Selfe, told CapeTalk radio that the major metros of Johannesburg and Tshwane were likely to be run by minority governments as the party will not form coalition governments with the EFF.
“There are ideological differences that still persist between ourselves and the EFF. We are committed to a longer-term conversation with them and we will have that conversation‚ but I think there are too many issues to get out of the way between now, and the formation of the municipal government‚” he said.
Reuters reported that failure to reach alliances in Johannesburg and Tshwane could lead to policy paralysis and dampen investor confidence in two of South Africa’s economic hubs.
Passing a budget, a by-law, loans, rates, taxes and levies requires a majority in council (50% plus 1).