EFF leader Julius Malema has hinted at a U-turn in his boycott of the Democratic Alliance, indicating that a coalition may not be out of the question after all. During a press briefing today, Malema admitted to talks of 'power-sharing' in the hotly-contested metro.
Less than a month ago, Julius Malema denounced the Democratic Alliance for 'biting the hand that feeds them', hinting that a coalition was off the table.
During a press briefing today, it seems as if the Economic Freedom Fighter leader has had a sudden change of heart.
Malema commented on the situation in the hotly-contested Gauteng province, saying that:
"Let EFF leaders in Tshwane, lead the municipality in Tshwane. We are not passing any motion of no confidence. This is power-sharing; in Johannesburg and in Tshwane."
In case there had been any doubt as to who the EFF intended to share this 'power' with, Malema followed this remark up with a surprising endorsement of DA Mayor Herman Mashaba:
"We support Mashaba and we think he must remain. There is no hostility, there is no motion of no confidence, there are no fights, there are talks on how we are going to share power."
This comes as a surprise, with the EFF leader just weeks before declaring that any repeat of the coalition with the leading opposition party was totally out of the question.
Briefly.co.za reported at the time that Malema had feigned an ANC coalition instead, adamant that the current arrangement had not been working:
"After insulting us like that, they expect to come and call us to sit and share a government... I don’t think it will work. We are giving the DA power in Tshwane and Johannesburg. They are biting the hand that is feeding them and expect that hand to continue feeding them. It's unscientific; it won't work."
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