Malema avoids Winnie Mandela during coalition talks

By Drum Digital
18 August 2016

EFF President Julius Malema says he has not yet spoken to struggle veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela after the local Government elections

By Ayanda Sitole

Despite having publicly declared their mutual love for one another, as he did not want to be persuaded into coalition with the ANC.

“I have avoided her because I can’t say no to her, every time they say she is on the line, I tell them I will call her back after this press conference,” he says.

Malema says he has rejected out-right any idea of coalition with the ANC despite saying he will support the DA in their coalition plans.

The political parties could not reach concencus on some of the conditions that made in order to form coalition.

Malema says he made it clear that he wanted the ANC to agree on the expropriation of land, the nationalising of mines and banks, free education, the removal of President Jacob Zuma and the end of the nuclear deal with Russia.

From the DA he said he wanted a removal of all national symbols that reflect South Africa’s apartheid past and the removal of Die Stem from the country’s national anthem.

Across town at a press conference held in Rosebank, the DA signed a coalition agreement with the Congress of the People, The African Christian Democtratic Party and the United Democratic Movement and The Freedom Front Plus.

DA leader, Mmusi Maimane thanked the EFF for their support in their decision to form a coalition agreement with the minority parties, despite having differences with the EFF on policy issues that stopped them from joining forces.

Responding to Malema’s condition that coalition between the two parties be formed when “apartheid symbols” are brought down, Maimane pointed out that national symbols are part of the country’s constitution, of which he will never go back on the constitution.

During the signing of the coalition agreement, UDM President Bantu Holomisa, said it has become important to “depoliticise” municipalities.

Maimane said teams would be formed in the various municipalities to ensure that governing is delegated properly.

“We are still in opposition and share differences in policies. We will disagree on many views and we will disagree in Parliament. This is not a merger, but we will work together as a team.”

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