Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula slated EFF leader Julius Malema as a “harasser” following the party’s coalition briefing in Alexandra.
He accused the EFF leader of handing power to the DA on a silver platter without conditions attached. He said that if Malema thought he had somehow avoided going into coalition with the DA, he was fooling himself.
Malema had said that if he had to vote for a leader between Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula, he’d choose Gigaba because “he knows what he stands for”, which is against the EFF.
“Mbalula can do anything for position. People who prioritise position over everything else are very dangerous,” said Malema.
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The minister retaliated in a series of tweets against the EFF leader, saying that he resorts to harassing people “when politics fail”.
“Malema enjoys playing the man. When politics fail him. He harass and victimise everyone who support the ANC &the makes them feel guilty [sic],” the minister responded on Twitter.
“We once had a coalition with DA in the Western Cape; it didn’t work. Cos it was like mixing water with oil.”
“What [were] the conditions for the DA? To get such victory on a silver platter. The answer is give us the ANC. Marriage made in heaven.
“What I [know] in politics is that you can’t give your votes to a party and still say you are not in coalition; at best you abstain.”
Following the results of the local government election where no political party got an outright majority, the EFF said it would not go into coalition with the DA, but would vote for the party in solidarity against the ANC. Malema said the DA was for “white racists”.
“EFF will not go into coalition with any party but we’ll vote for DA in Tshwane, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Nelson Mandela Mandela Bay,” said Malema.
Earlier on Wednesday, DA federal chairman James Selfe said coalitions could not happen with the radical EFF due to the persistent ideological differences between the two opposition parties.
“There are ideological differences that still persist between ourselves and the EFF. We are committed to a longer-term conversation with them, and we will have that conversation. But I think there are too many issues to get out of the way in the formation of a new municipal government. We will have a minority government situation in both Johannesburg and Tshwane where we will be dependent on the other parties for support on key votes and key issues. But I do think there’s enough in common with the other parties,” said Selfe during a radio interview at Cape Talk radio.
“I think their [EFF] agenda is a clear one, and they believe that land must be expropriated without compensation … the mines should be nationalised and so on…” I think there are some sticky issues may have caused friction in a possible coilition government, and I think that it is probably better that we remain respectfully distant from one another.”