- While some might never have anticipated a time when they saw cooperation between the ANC and EFF, analysts say that the recent shifts are part of political realignment towards a new alliance of black parties towards common aims
- ANC Headquarters, Luthuli House, announced this week that it is open to working with opposition parties and even to vote with EFF if necessary to realise the transformation agenda
- Previously the two parties were sworn enemies and would, seemingly almost on principal, oppose anything the other party moved on
A new era is indeed dawning in South African politics. Not just with a change in leadership in the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), but also will a change in attitude between parties.
Briefly.co.za has noticed that political analysts are increasingly commenting that the recent cooperation between the ANC, and former political rival, once branded an “enfant terrible” , Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
However, pundits are indicating that the new spirit of cooperation is part of a political realignment towards a new alliance of black parties based on common issues and a renewed focus on the aims which EFF was formed to address – economic freedom.
The new cosy relationship between the ANC which announced it would work with the oppostion parties, even voting with the dreaded EFF if necessary, to realise its transformation agenda.
This week, the ANC moved in parliament to support an EFF motion on the expropriation of land without compensation.
For the two parties which were characterized in the past by fighting both inside the house and out in the streets against each other, the new attitude is nothing less than a seemingly miraculous event. It is worth nothing though that the issue which brought them together is a very important one.
After expelling EFF leader Malema from the ruling party years ago, seeing the two parties working towards the same aim is gratifying.
“The land question is a historical injustice. The land expropriation motion is a victory for the people of South Africa. Radical economic transformation means speeding up land redistribution, among other things,” said newly appointed ANC head of elections, Fikile Mbalula.
He said the ANC wasn’t trying to claim moral high ground over the EFF on this issue, but was rather simply implementing resolutions reached at the ANC’s most recent national conference. “We don’t prevaricate, our conference was decisive on radical economic transformation,” he said.
While the issue had emanated from the EFF, he said the ANC would have voted with the party had the matter been brought up earlier. “We are handling this matter as mandated by our conference,” Mbalula said.
This view was echoed by party deputy national organiser Dakota Lekgoete who said the ANC’s decision to co-operate with the EFF was important to them as the ANC. “In line with the Constitution, it is in our interest to work with the opposition. We have agreed the country is a priority,” he said.
Political analysts have seen the new ANC-EFF cooperation as part of a political realignment heralding a move away from the DA-led opposition coalition towards a new alliance of black parties based on issues of radical economic transformation to address historic imbalances affecting the black majority.
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