- The EFF might have missed out on seizing control of Joburg, but sometimes when one door closes another opens
- The Red Berets have allegedly entered into an agreement with the ANC to rule in Tshwane
- Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa finds himself in the way of a determined EFF and ANC coalition
The EFF and ANC may well have entered into an agreement to take control of Tshwane, with the Red Berets ruling.
City Press reports that six years after the formation of the party, it may be tasting power for the first time.
Sources close to the negotiations between the two parties claim that following a successful bid to oust mayor Stevens Mokgalapa, a deal has been struck to vote the EFF into power.
EFF regional chair Moafrika Mabogwana is reportedly set to be voted into power by the newly-formed coalition.
In exchange for its cooperation, the ANC would reportedly be rewarded with the position of speaker, allegedly set to go the ANC Tshwane chair Kgoši Maepa.
A source close to the negotiations confirmed that the Democratic Alliance is the only barrier to the EFF taking over:
“The parties have also agreed to share the member of the mayoral committee [MMC] positions equally. The plan is to remove the DA from power and then take stock after that."
While EFF leader Julius Malema would neither confirm nor deny the agreement, he commented that the party was longing for its first opportunity to govern:
“You know the EFF’s picture is so complete, we have passed almost all the tests. They said [former president Jacob] Zuma is gone and they [the EFF] will lose votes because Zuma was their trump card, but we passed that test. The only problem now is this missing puzzle piece called experience because every time they criticise us now, they always say: ‘But you don’t have experience of governing.’ "
Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance had lost its hold on Johannesburg when its own members opted to vote in support of the ANC mayoral candidate.
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