EFF leader Julius Malema has thrown down the gauntlet, saying his party will no longer vote with the DA or the ANC in all municipalities in SA, including the country’s economic hub of Johannesburg.
On Tuesday, Malema said the EFF would participate in debates and make input in council meetings but “if anything requires voting, the EFF will abstain from voting”.
This could result in a stalemate in hung councils, especially in metros such as Johannesburg and Tshwane, as the DA and its coalition partners would now need the support of the ANC to pass ordinary decisions.
The EFF emerged as kingmakers in the 2016 local government elections, and were instrumental in the installation of DA mayors in Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay.
However, the far-left political party, which increased its support to 10.79% during the May 8 national election, later played an instrumental role in ousting the DA’s Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip in 2018.
It argued at the time that it was not removing Trollip because he was corrupt but because it was symbolically “cutting the throat of whiteness”.
Ahead of the general election, when there seemed to be a possibility that Gauteng could end up being governed by a coalition, the EFF had said it would not work with the DA.
Later in May, after the elections, EFF had said it was in talks with the DA to install an EFF mayor in Tshwane, and members of the mayoral committee in the City of Johannesburg.
At the time, Malema described this