EFF leader Julius Malema talks to members of the media, 28 August 2018, at their offices in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on the political party’s stance to the DA leadership in Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane. Picture: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times

THE coalition talks between EFF and ANC have collapsed after the two parties failed to reach an agreement on how to govern together in hung metropolitan municipalities.  

EFF leader Julius Malema confirmed his party’s decision during a media briefing on the outcomes of the ongoing coalition talks between various parties on how to share power in hung municipalities across the country.  

Malema said during coalition meetings the ANC did not want to discuss genuine issues affecting the poor, saying they were only wanted to discuss control, positions and patronage.

“The EFF will not be voting for and will not support any candidate put forward by the ANC in all Municipalities for all positions including positions of Speakers, Chief Whips and Mayors,” said Malema.

“This is despite the EFF Negotiations Team giving the ANC an opportunity to present alternate timelines and deadlines on all these important policy questions.”

He said the ANC was unable to give clear commitments on issues such as land expropriation without compensation, provision of sanitary of free sanitary towels, free water and free electricity for all SASSA beneficiaries.

“Many of our supporters are happy that we did not go into coalition with the corrupt ANC,” said Malema.

“Coalition negotiations between us and the ANC failed because the ANC is only interested in positions, not issues. We are no longer in coalition negotiation with the ANC. We are done. This matter is closed.”

Malema added that the ANC was only interested in speaking about municipal positions.

“We held two meetings with the ANC and we did not establish consensus on anything because the ANC delegation did not concede to any of the negotiation principles and policies which we believe should form the foundation of any collaboration. Instead the ANC wanted to rush into discussions discussing power sharings and positions in municipalities before discussing the principles and policies raised by the EFF.” 

Hopes of the ANC retaining control over the City of Ekurhuleni and City of Johannesburg seem to be dissipating.  

Not only has the party been spurned by the EFF, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and ActionSA have also made it clear that they would not engage in any coalition talks with the ANC.

This could see the ANC lose power in what used to be known as two of their strongholds in Gauteng since the dawn of democracy.

Malema confirmed, however, that coalition talks were ongoing between EFF and other parties such as Action SA, IFP and other small organisations in various municipalities across the country following the local government elections on November 1.

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