- Floyd Shivambu, the deputy president of the Economic Freedom Fighters, says the instability at coalition-governed municipalities is not a bad thing
- Shivambu says politicians should not get comfortable in their positions because their municipal posts are not permanent
- The Red Berets' second-in-command says the political organisation is against legislation that governs coalition governments
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JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters' deputy president, Floyd Shivambu, says the instability that was seen at many municipalities governed by coalitions over the past five years is a good thing.
This includes the continuous changing of mayors in metros such as Tshwane, the City of Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay.
Shivambu says politicians need to know that their positions are not permanent for the next five years. He added that politicians needed to understand that when they make mistakes, then they will have to face consequences, reports TimesLIVE.
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EFF is against legislation governing coalitions
The Red Berets' second in command says the party is not in favour of legislation that seeks to formalise coalition governments.
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Shivambu says such legislation will only benefit politicians who will be given the opportunity to govern for five years without interruption even when they have not won the majority of votes in their specific municipality.
He says that legislation would be forcing parties to form a new political organisation.
EFF willing to form coalitions with other parties
Shivambu says the EFF is ready to form coalitions with parties that are willing to work with them considering that a number of municipalities will be left hung after the election results have been declared.
He added that the political organisation is proud of how it did in the local government elections, especially because the party is in the top three nationally, making the party an eligible contender for coalitions, reports IOL.
Election results: EFF comes in 3rd place as national districts are declared with 10% of the vote
Briefly News previously reported that more than half of the voting districts' votes have been counted and so far, the EFF is in third place nationally. The ANC and DA are first and second, respectively.
This local government election recorded a low voter turnout but it seems that EFF supporters made sure to cast their vote, which has gained the party almost 10% of the nation's vote.
According to SABC News, this figure markedly increased from the 8.6% they achieved in the last local government election in 2016.
Source: Briefly News