- Herman Mashaba says he is thankful for the support the EFF had given him during his tenure as mayor
- This comes as the DA and EFF's relationship has soured
- The EFF has said it will no longer vote with the DA
Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, has said that he is grateful for the way his the EFF has treated him.
This comes as Mashaba's position as mayor is in jeopardy following Julius Malema's announcement that the EFF would no longer be voting with the DA.
The DA's ability to pass budgets and resolutions in many metros could be seriously impaired by the EFF's decision.
According to DA federal executive chairperson James Self, the EFF has decided to cease voting with the DA because the DA did not give in to several of the red berets' demands. These included installing an EFF member as mayor of Tshwane, among others.
In response to the EFF's announcement, Mashaba said that he had "a very mutual beneficial relationship with the EFF", according to News24. Indeed, while the EFF was initially frosty toward Mashaba, their relationship improved dramatically. On several occasions, Julius Malema has even publicly praised Mashaba's leadership.
In contrast, Tshwanye mayor Stevens Mokgalapa says that the DA's relationship with the EFF in the city has always been rocky. As a result, he says the EFF's decision not to vote with the DA won't make much of a difference to the running of Tshwane.
Mokgalapa said that the DA in Tshwane would continue to work with any party "that puts the interests of communities at the forefront", Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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