Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema raised eyebrows when he alluded to the possibility of the EFF and ANC merging at the 2019 elections.
During an interview on eNCA’s CheckPoint, he said the EFF would consider merging with the ruling party provided they collapse Luthuli House, along with the name ANC and form a new party with its headquarters in Soweto “where our people are”.
This sent a wave of concern to ripple out among many EFF supporters, who went so far as to complain about the EFF being “a sellout” party that voted for the DA. This despite the EFF having cried foul at what they described as misrepresentation by CheckPoint’s “sensationalist” journalist Nkepile Mabuse and TV channel eNCA.
Just as the self-proclaimed “fighters” were busy licking their wounds from all this, top ANC man Mzwanele Manyi “jokingly” tweeted that EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu was returning to the ANC.
— Mzwanele Manyi (@MzwaneleManyi) October 6, 2016
He told The Citizen “It was just a joke.”
Hmm. Politics in South Africa has never been stranger.