Johannesburg – The EFF was caught between “two devils” in hung municipalities and the party chose the better of the two, party leader Julius Malema said on Wednesday.
"The DA is the better devil," he told reporters in Alexandra.
"We couldn't be neutral, we had to take sides. This is history. We were caught between two devils."
Malema said the party would not enter into coalitions with any party in any municipality in the country, but would vote with certain parties in various councils.
It would vote with the IFP in KwaZulu-Natal’s hung municipalities, and with the DA in the metros of Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg, Tshwane, and Nelson Mandela Bay, he said.
The party was not power hungry or after positions. It did not want hung councils and wanted to ensure service delivery, he said.
“EFF must earn its seats, not get power through shortcuts. No one is going to compromise the EFF at all costs. We are building this organisation, building it slowly, teaching our members not to love positions.”
Malema said those threatening EFF members were resorting to “ANC tendencies” of fighting for positions.
He lambasted the ANC and said its leaders were arrogant and putting individual needs ahead of those of the country.