ANC in talks with EFF over possible coalition in Joburg

The ANC’s Jolidee Matango says while they are in talks with various parties, they will not speak to the DA.

Julius Malema at press briefing on 5 August 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As coalition talks continue to dominate local politics after municipal elections, the African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg says negotiations between the party and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) about forming a coalition to run the city have actually been led by its national and provincial leaders.

The ANC in the region confirmed yesterday it was in talks with the red berets despite reports that the party's leader Julius Malema said he would only form a coalition with the ruling party if President Jacob Zuma was recalled.

The ANC has just under 45 percent in Johannesburg, the EFF just over 11% and the Democratic Alliance (DA) just over 38%.

The Johannesburg ANC's Jolidee Matango says they are in talks with various parties, including the EFF.

"In fact the negotiations with the EFF are conducted by the national office and the province but already the province has indicated to us that the EFF would like to engage with us in the region."

But he says the one party they will not speak with is the DA.

The Gauteng ANC has been critical of Zuma but it's not clear at this stage if he would allow his party to team up with Malema, considering their recent history.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said that while the EFF was not considering forming coalitions with the ANC, it would listen to what the ruling party had to say.

"We will not be willing to go into a coalition with the ANC. We think the most important thing about these results is that they are being humbled by the people of South Africa and we must not deny them that lesson."

But Ndlozi said most of the party's supporters have indicated they would rather the EFF form a partnership with the DA.

"The members, leadership and voters of EFF are the ones that have a say. We ran a poll that close to 18,000 participated in on Facebook and all of them said we must go with the DA."