EFF will eventually join the DA-led coalition – Lekota

2017-12-06 17:36
COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Johannesburg – COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota still believes that the EFF will eventually join the DA-led coalition his party is part of.

Speaking during the coalition's progress report media briefing on Wednesday afternoon, Lekota said the current agreement with the EFF was that the party only gets involved on an issue-by-issue basis at the metropolitan and municipal level.

However, the coalition was not panicked by the EFF's reluctance to commit fully to the coalition, Lekota said.

"We are convinced that as time goes on, they are going to find that they can serve the people even better if they came into the coalition in full force and participated in the implementation of the policies that we are agreed on," he said.

He acknowledged that the EFF had enabled the coalition to take power in certain areas on the understanding that this power will be exercised accordingly on matters that the red berets champion.

Shortly after the 2016 local government elections in August, where the ANC lost some of its biggest strongholds in the metros, EFF leader Julius Malema held a press briefing near one of the country's oldest informal settlements, Setswetla, in Alexandra.

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At that briefing, he announced that the EFF would not form any coalition with any party but would work with the DA-led coalition on an issue-by-issue basis.

The coalition between the parties – which included COPE, the UDM, FF Plus and the ACDP – was visibly strong when the ruling party lost the Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay and Johannesburg metros.

Malema had said the EFF would back the DA in hung metros to help them win.

Discussions with EFF ongoing

In September, however, the EFF boycotted meetings at both the Tshwane and Johannesburg metros as a sign of revolt following the axing of Nelson Mandela Bay's former deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani, of the UDM, by DA Mayor Athol Trollip.

Last week two motions of no confidence were heard against Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and Trollip. It was assumed that the EFF would revolt against the DA in both metros, however, the motions fell flat when the EFF voted with the DA, using its status as kingmaker to keep both mayors in their positions.

READ: EFF rescues DA during no confidence motions against Mashaba, Da Gama

The EFF has also repeatedly said it has no desire to enter into any coalition with any party going into the 2019 elections.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the current relationship with the EFF was working for the coalition and that the points of commonality for the parties centred around the fight against corruption and the running of metros.

He said discussions with the EFF on such matters were ongoing.

"We have found that we share certain common things. That they must join formally into a coalition... it's not a position they want to take, neither is it something we are advancing because they made it clear and upfront where they stand," Maimane added.

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