- Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip says EFF leader Julius Malema is still aligned with the ANC
- Trollip said Malema had failed to read the mood of the nation and his racial comments were unfortunate
- The EFF made good on its promise to remove Trollip from office by filing a notice of intent to bring a motion of no confidence against him.
The war of words between Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Mayor Athol Trollip and the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema is continuing unabated.
Trollip said Malema had failed to correctly read the mood of the nation and that his racial comments were unfortunate. This was in response to Malema saying the EFF would remove Trollip from office because of the colour of his skin.
The EFF has made good on its promise to remove Trollip from office when the party filed a notice to bring a motion of no confidence against him later this month. This according to Malema is to punish the DA for not supporting the land expropriation without compensation motion in Parliament.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Trollip who is a member of the Democratic Alliance (DA) said Malema’s recent statements and actions proved that he was still aligned with the African National Congress (ANC).
“He said he would kill for Jacob Zuma, later he said he would kill Zuma and now he’s in discussions with the ANC about constitutional changes and handing the Nelson Mandela Bay back to the ANC. So, it looks for all instances and purposes like Malema is still a member of the ANC.”
While Malema has publicly stated that the alliance between the DA and the EFF was still intact in Johannesburg and Tshwane, political experts are not surprised by the falling out between the parties.
Political analyst Ralph Mathekga said the alliance between the DA and EFF was never meant to last. He says the parties failed to come to a formal agreement on conditions for a coalition government which has led to current events.
Mathekga says regardless of whether Trollip is removed from office or not, the DA’s fragile coalitions will be in danger in councils where the party depends on support from the EFF.
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