Malema says he wants EFF mayor in Tshwane, holding talks with DA

Malema says he wants EFF mayor in Tshwane, holding talks with DA

- Julius Malema says the EFF and DA are communicating regarding power-sharing

- He said that the red berets want a member of their party to be Tshwane mayor

- In return, the EFF will continue to support the DA's mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba

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The EFF is striving to replace the mayor of Tshwane with a member of its own party.

The red berets claim to have made a power-sharing deal with the DA.

Apparently, the deal involves the DA getting a leader in Johannesburg while the EFF claims the position of Tshwane mayor.

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The current mayor of Tshwane is DA member Stevens Mokgalapa. Mokgalapa took over the position after Solly Msimanga resigned in order to focus on his ultimately unsuccessful run for Gauteng premier.

Julius Malema said that the EFF and DA were communicating about how power would be shared between them, according to eNCA.

He went on to say that his party would continue to support Herman Mashaba, the current mayor of Johannesburg and a member of the DA.

Malema said his party would stand by Mashaba for now as Mashaba is "tormenting the ANC".

This appears to be a reference to Mashaba's outspoken criticism of the ANC, particularly for service delivery issues and for allegedly encouraging the protests in places like Alexandra. 

Nevertheless, the EFF leader said that, while they were happy with a DA mayor in Johannesburg, they wanted an EFF mayor of Tshwane, has gathered.

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This makes for a significant pivot in the EFF's position, as Julius Malema has said in the weeks leading up to the election that the EFF would never again enter into coalitions with the DA.

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