The ANC refused to accede to one of the conditions set by the EFF for the removal of President Jacob Zuma during coalition talks between the two parties, Julius Malema confirmed on Wednesday.
Addressing the media in Alexandra following the coalition talks that were entered into after the local government elections, Malema said the EFF was invited by the ANC in Gauteng for coalition talks.
“Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile and Premier David Makhura came to us and we said to them we are more than happy to work with the ANC, but we needed to speak to the ANC at national level.
“We did meet with the ANC leadership led by Jeff Radebe but they were non-committal on our conditions,” said Malema. He also confirmed that there was no overarching coalition deal reached between the EFF and the DA because the EFF was not hungry for power at all costs. He said they would not allow themselves to come to power without a popular mandate from voters. “We know our place.” He said they would continue to “educate” the people on how the EFF’s policies would benefit them and why the EFF should therefore be brought to power with a popular mandate.
Some of the other conditions set out by the EFF had included the removal of the Die Stem from the national anthem and the expropriation of of land without compensation.
He said the EFF would vote for the DA in Tshwane, stressing that they were not desperate for positions in municipalities.
“We will vote for the opposition to remove the ANC from power. The ANC is a protector of white monopoly capital,” Malema said.
He described both the ANC and the DA as devils, adding that the ANC continued to be ignorant and the DA was the “better devil”.
“We have to deal with the ANC in such a way that individuals will feel the pain. They say they take a collective responsibility in their poor performance in the elections,” Malema said.