Eric Naki
Political Editor
3 minute read
25 Nov 2019
5:40 am

EFF may be caught in no-win situation in race for Joburg mayor

Eric Naki

The Red Berets will face criticism for supporting either the DA or the ANC should its candidate not win.

Herman Mashaba addresses the media at a press conference at the Johannesburg city council, 21 October 2019. Mashaba announced his resignation, effective on November 27. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will have to roll the dice to decide whether to support the Democratic Alliance (DA) or the ANC if its attempt to contest the vacant Johannesburg mayor’s seat fails – unless it abstains completely from the race, a political expert says. Dr Ralph Mathekga said the EFF had a dilemma. It would face criticism for supporting either the DA or the ANC should its candidate not win. Therefore, it has one option – to abstain and hand Johannesburg over to the ANC. The EFF has decided to field its own mayoral candidate, hoping for support...