EEF not going into a coalition govt with any other party
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:31:54
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it will not go into a coalition government with anyone. This comes after talks with the main parties – the African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA).
Talks with the ANC collapsed after it refused to accede to one of their major demands that President Jacob Zuma must step down.
The EFF says they were also non-committal on other demands including that they use their 6% in Parliament to amend the Constitution to expropriate land without compensation, free education and eradication of E-tolls in Gauteng.
EFF president Julius Malema, who was addressing the media in Stjwetla, Alexander, says it would have been an insult to sign an agreement with President Zuma.
Malema told journalists that the ANC had refused to agree to remove Zuma as President of the country – among other things.
“Zuma presiding over a corrupt state, institutionalised with Zuma will make it difficult to form an agreement with ANC. Shaking hands with Zuma will not be beautiful picture, it will be an insult.”
Malema says they demanded that the DA retain the name of Tshwane, support free education and remove De Stem from the national anthem.
He says however, they could not agree on complete removal of apartheid names in Tshwane.
Malema says they are now ready for opposition benches. He says there will be no formal agreement with the DA but there will vote with them in council, describing them as the better devil.
The DA had refused to agree to co-host a media conference with the EFF backing land expropriation without compensation.
Malema says they will be voting with the opposition in the hung municipalities.
Meanwhile, the DA looks set to run the Tshwane and Johannesburg Metros.
The DA’s James Selfe says the EFF has undertaken to help the party form minority governments in both metros.
Selfe has also said they have enough support in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro to form a government there without EFF support.
The EFF says it will prevent the ANC from taking power in key Gauteng metros.
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