The Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters seem set to share power in Gauteng, with talk of the EFF taking up key positions in the province. Julius Malema, leader of the party, has gone on record to say that the EFF is ready to assume responsibility in leading some of the metro portfolios.
The EFF is engaged with the DA to share power in some of the most hotly-contested metros in South Africa following the past elections.
Julius Malema, speaking at a media briefing, indicated that his party was in talks with the leading opposition party to iron out the details:
“So far we are talking and we don’t see any hostilities about the possibility of power sharing. We (the EFF) will have a mayor in Tshwane; the DA will have MMCs in Tshwane - if they agree. They (DA) will have a mayor in Joburg and we will have MMCs in Joburg.”
Since then, The Star claims that a meeting took place last week with the DA's Joburg council caucus, convened by DA Gauteng leader, John Moodey, and Mike Moriarty, provincial chair, to inform councillors that they would need to relinquish positions in favour of EFF members, reports IOL.
Numerous DA sources say that they had been briefed regarding these agreements, with one commenting:
“There was a briefing with Moodey and Moriarty last week Monday. What (Moodey and Moriarty) said was that the DA would not sacrifice the Tshwane mayor position. But the implication is definitely that they (DA Joburg councillors) will have to give MMC and portfolio head positions in council to the EFF."
Nicole Mirkin, speaking on behalf of the Gauteng DA head, commented that these issues have yet to be finalised.
While neither the EFF nor the DA have returned requests for comment on the matter, it will be interesting to see how the two parties, who have had their fair share of differences, will determine who gets which piece of the pie.
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