Julius Malema says the EFF is willing to enter into coalitions with the IFP in KZN

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Thursday said his party is willing to enter into coalitions with the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

The province has the most hung municipalities, 18, following the local government election on 1 November 2021.

The hung municipalities include two of the province’s key economic hubs, namely, eThekwini and the City of uMhlathuze.

In eThekwini, the ANC garnered 42,02% of the vote; the DA, 25,62℅ and the EFF, 10,48℅. In the City of uMhlathuze, the ANC stood at 39,5%; the IFP, 34,6%; the DA, 11, 78% and the EFF, 9,18%.

In the province, the ANC gained 41,4%; the IFP, 24,29%; the DA, 12,82% and the EFF, 8,64%.

Addressing the media on Thursday on the EFF’s performance during the elections, Malema said his party is willing to engage its counterparts on talks of entering into coalitions in hung municipalities if they commit to delivering services to the people.

Malema said the EFF will enter into coalitions with parties that agree with it on land expropriation without compensation; providing drinkable water, proper sanitation, dependable electricity supply; caring for people living with disabilities and providing flushable toilets.

“We are not going to do a coalition of positions,” Malema said, explaining that parties that want to enter into coalitions with the EFF should have implementable service delivery programmes with clear time frames.

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The EFF, Malema added, is willing to be on the opposition benches at municipalities if it does not reach agreements with its counterparts on the terms of coalitions.

“So we are not in a hurry for anything,” Malema said.

Malema said the EFF will not approach any party to talk about coalitions, which he described as being about satisfying egos and personal interests as well as the “uncontrollable ambitions for power”.

The EFF’s failure to win any municipality following the elections is a clear indication that South African voters are not ready to be governed by the party, Malema conceded.

However, Malema said he was pleased with the EFF’s gradual growth and that its leadership is “building a political party which is going to be an alternative to the ANC”.

The EFF has to earn the support of the electorate, Malema said, adding that it aims for longevity and “not quickie arrangements”.

“We are in it to run a revolution for a very long time,” Malema said.

Malema said the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Freedom Front Plus (FF+) have taken a racist posture to not enter into coalitions with “black parties”, which will force the EFF to ensure the racist DA does not govern Tshwane (Pretoria).

The EFF will enter into coalitions with the ANC in metropolitan municipalities once the ANC ensures that the Constitution is amended to allow for land expropriation without compensation.

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