- Floyd Shivambu is convinced that the Economic Freedom Fighters will rule sooner than anticipated
- The Red Berets are ready to govern, according to their deputy president
- After enjoying immense support at the polls, Shivambu feels its only a matter of time
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Floyd Shivambu believes in the strength of the Economic Freedom Fighters and he isn't shy to talk about it.
The party's deputy president has put forward a prophecy that the EFF will be in power sooner than South Africa thinks.
After just six years, the party created by Julius Malema has given the nation's two top political parties - the ruling ANC and official opposition the DA - a run for their money.
During an interview with Newzroom Afrika, Shivambu said the EFF is ready to lead:
"Judging by what has been happening for the past six years, it looks like we are going straight to running this country.
"We are going to provide decisive leadership to the people of South Africa once the people of South Africa have trusted us with that responsibility. It looks like it will be sooner than many people have anticipated."
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Shivambu says the statistics speak for themselves, lauding the Red Beret's success:
"If you check the EFF numbers from 2014 to 2016 and to 2019 in Johannesburg, they have been consistently and impressively growing, and that points to the direction that ultimately we will take over government."
TimesLive reports that after securing 6.3% of the votes in the 2014 elections, the party managed to grow to 10.7% last year.
Probed on the EFF's position on sharing power, Shivambu revealed that the party would prefer to rule alone:
"Whether there must be a coalition government or not, it is the decision of the voter. The voters must choose if they want a government that is going to be provided by one political party or if there is a stalemate."
Briefly.co.za gathered that Shivambu hasn't ruled out taking the lead if it meant playing nice with another party:
"In a situation where there is no outright winner, you are forced into a coalition government, but in terms of what we envisage for the future, we would want to provide government alone. The EFF is now available to be government."
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