Malema denies talks with Vavi

Julius Malema says his party is not in talks with suspended Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Thursday said his party was shocked by accusations it was in talks with suspended Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi about forming a coalition.

The EFF on Thursday outlined its plans for the upcoming general elections and revealed they will be meeting with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) to discuss common areas in their policies and political positions.

Numsa withdrew its support for the ANC at its special congress this year and publicly backed Vavi after he was suspended.

Malema says rumours of talks with Vavi are completely untrue.

"We are not talking to Vavi. We were shocked by Tito [Mboweni]."

The allegations were made by former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni on Twitter who asked Vavi if he declined a deployment by the ANC to Parliament because he would lead the EFF to elections.

@Zwelinzima1 You wrote about why you decline nomination for Parly. Is that the truth? Or is it because of EFF/NUMSA coalition leadership?

Malema says this indicates Mboweni's position in South African politics.

"His actions on Vavi today are a confirmation that the man is desperate for deployment and is trying to prove to the master that he is loyal."

Mboweni has not yet responded to Malema's remarks.