- Herman Mashaba's departure from the helm of Johannesburg has left the metro up in the air
- The DA has selected their preferred candidate for the mayoral position, but this doesn't mean the EFF is on board
- Julius Malema is adamant that the Red Berets are ready to govern Joburg and are willing to give up Tshwane in return
The Economic Freedom Fighters have their eyes on the prize and that prize is to lead South Africa's economic hub: Johannesburg.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance has selected their chosen candidate and established a team to negotiate with the Red Berets to prevent the coveted metro from being 'thrown to the wolves'.
The region is ruled by a seven-party coalition, something outgoing mayor Herman Mashaba says was 'brutal' to keep under control.
Julius Malema insists that the EFF is 'ready to govern' Joburg and are willing to support either the ANC or DA in Tshwane if they were to vote for their candidate:
“And we are not going to enter into coalitions. You lead Tshwane exclusively and we lead Joburg exclusively, so there is no interference with each other. If it is going to be done with the ANC, so be it. If is it going to done with the DA, so be it. We are going to field our candidate in Joburg and the leadership of the EFF will announce the name in due course.”
Malema feels the time is right for the EFF to rule over the region and his view is that voters lost their say when they left leadership up for contention:
“The voter was undecided and therefore no voter should say, 'Why do you give power to so and so?' You never voted for the EFF to give power to anyone. If the DA or the ANC do not support us, we are not going to do anything, we will just be opposition, put our motions and make our input — and it ends there.”
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