The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is not in any coalition talks with either the Democratic Alliance or the African National Congress, the party said on Saturday.
“People are talking about talks but there are no formal negotiations taking place. Everyone is warming up … remember we have been at each other’s throats since the birth of the EFF, so there are no formal talks through which the party has sent someone to represent it,” said EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi on the sidelines of the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) national results operations centre in Pretoria.
The DA has clinched key metro municipalities, such as the Eastern Cape’s Nelson Mandela Bay and Cape Town in the Western Cape, which it retained with more than 66% of the vote, and has majority status in Tshwane. The country’s main opposition party would have to form a coalition with another party in order to govern fully in Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.
EFF leader Julius Malema said on Friday his party was not open to a coalition, but that if the DA and the ANC wanted to talk, there would be conditions, such as the issue of land.
The Johannesburg metro vote tally was still outstanding on Saturday, with 91% of votes tallied by lunchtime. The DA trailed behind the ANC with 40.63%, while the governing party led with 42.65%.
The IEC was expected to release the official local government poll results at 6pm on Saturday.
– African News Agency (ANA)