Veteran political journalist Carien du Plessis reported on Tuesday night on News24 that leader of the EFF and former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema had been “summoned” by ANC leadership in a further attempt to form governing coalitions in many of South Africa’s 27 hung councils.
The most important of these for the ANC are the big metros, particularly Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane. Malema could play the decisive role in crowning the ANC in these places, where the DA received more of the vote.
He had promised prior to elections that he would not go into coalition with the ANC, but it has since emerged that the EFF may be willing to reconsider that position provided that numerous demands are met, chief of which is the removal of President Jacob Zuma. The EFF and other smaller parties are also asking for the suspension of the controversial nuclear build programme and a trimming of the bloated national Cabinet. The United Democratic Movement, EFF, Cope and United Front have a combined “shopping list” of demands. The renaming of Pretoria is also on this list as well as better service delivery, the end of e-tolls and improved municipal billing.
Du Plessis claims to have information that the DA has offered control of Tshwane to the EFF in return for the Fighters handing the DA Johannesburg, despite the fact that the ANC received the majority in the country’s economic heartland. She claims the EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has even been mentioned as the possible Tshwane mayor, but he denied that any deal had been struck.
The ANC has reportedly been making counter-offers of MEC positions.
In Ekurhuleni, the ANC has reportedly been trying to go into coalition with its breakaway party, the African Independent Congress, which has the four seats it needs.