Malema: EFF will consider partnerships with other parties

Julius Malema is open to working with parties who work for the national interest.

The EFF's Floyd Shivambu (left) and Julius Malema. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says he's not opposed to working with other opposition parties and is open to entering into "contractual relationships" with other organisations after next year's local government elections.

Speaking at the Daily Maverick's The Gathering conference in Midrand on Thursday, Malema said he would work with anyone who works for the national interest. He added would be willing to work with a party such as the Democratic Alliance after next year's municipal elections.

He said that relationship would involve a contract that would have measurable goals and that could be cancelled if those goal were not met.

Malema clarified that the EFF would not be going into coalitions but rather contractual relationships, stating whoever sought to get votes from the EFF would need to take yearly contracts with the party.

"We're not getting into cooperation, we're getting into contractual relationship[s]. Whoever wants the votes of the EFF will have to come and bring us a yearly contract."

Earlier in the day, Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile said he did not agree with the security cluster's decision to spend more money on security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's private home in Nkandla, adding that the decision to spend more government money on Nkandla was not an ANC position.

Mashatile said that while he voted in favour of an ad hoc committee being established to discuss Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's Nkandla report, he did not necessarily agree with more security upgrades at the president's private home.

"For now I would like to say it's his view. I heard for the first time that the minister said this. I don't agree with it."

He said the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) did not receive Nhleko's report which was presented to the public.

"That report never came to the ANC. Because in our right minds we can't say, when the public is complaining, that we're going to spend more. That issue is still going to be discussed by the NEC itself, because it never came to us."