- The Economic Freedom Fighters want to have a chance of governing the city of Johannesburg
- Julius Malema wants the DA to back their candidate
- The former mayor, Herman Mashaba, will be stepping down on the 27th of November
Julius Malema, leader of the EFF, has decided that the EFF should govern Johannesburg and that the DA should back their candidate instead of nominating their own.
By the time voting begins next week, Malema said that the EFF would name their candidates according to city-press.news24.com.
“We reaffirm our position that the EFF will field a candidate for the mayoral position of the City of Johannesburg when the current mayor vacates his position on November 27 2019,” Malema said at a briefing held at the Nasrec Expo Centre on Thursday. Malema also questioned why the EFF had to always form coalitions to assist the DA with winning positions while they were not afforded the same courtesy.
“There’s this nonsense I’m not prepared to entertain of why we are not supporting the DA. We supported the DA and it’s their turn now to support the EFF, it’s only fair. Why should we always support the white man?” he said.
Briefly.co.za learned that if the EFF join in with a coalition between themselves and the DA or ANC it would only do so if they could govern the city.
“Why can’t the white man find it in himself to support a black man? We supported the DA and the only fair thing the DA can do is support us. We will only vote with them if they support us to get Johannesburg; we will vote with them to get Tshwane,” Malema said.
The EFF only has 30 seats in the City of Joburg council which means that without either the ANC or the DA's support they could not govern.
“We are also not talking to the ANC. If the ANC wants to come on board, it must come on board supporting the EFF … Are we not leaders who are capable to lead? We are going to field a candidate and we call upon the DA and ANC to support our candidate,” he said.
The DA has already nominated it a candidate to replace Mashaba when the former mayor steps down on the 27th of November.
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