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‘EFF won’t use shortcut coalitions to get into power’

Malema says the EFF’s chosen the role of opposition party at local govt level rather than to co-govern.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighter(EFF) leader Julius Malema says his party will not use "shortcut" coalitions to get into power, and the red berets will not comprise their brand for co-governance and positions.

Malema held a media briefing in an open field in Alexandra earlier, and explained his party's reasons for not striking coalition deals with the African National Congress (ANC) or Democratic Alliance (DA).

But the EFF has nevertheless decided to vote with the DA in hung Gauteng metros.

Malema made his crucial announcement against a backdrop of poverty, and he says he did so for a reason.

"Even when I announce such a decision, I look at these people and say 'I am not wrong, because if I was wrong these people would be in a better position.'"

Malema says the EFF has chosen to play the role of opposition party at local government level rather than to co-govern.

"We are not going to compromise the EFF brand."

This decision, he suggests, has ushered in a new era of politics.

"These are the new politics of municipalities. That's the EFF for you."

The EFF leader says party members are not obsessed with gaining positions, instead they want to focus on weakening the ANC.

Malema says ANC leaders have sided with President Jacob Zuma, when given a choice between getting rid of him or retaining control of the country's biggest metros.

The EFF walked into coalition talks with a list of demands, which included Constitutional amendments to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation, the nationalisation of mines, the removal of Die Stem from the National Anthem, free education and for President Jacob Zuma to go.

In the end, however, the red berets could not reach political partnership agreements with either the ANC or the DA, forcing Gauteng's big metros into minority governments.

Malema says this doesn't mean that his party will take a neutral position in hung councils.

"The ANC will not get a single vote from the EFF. The DA will get our vote in Johannesburg, if they meet one condition we have put to them."

Malema also insists that party members are not hungry for positions such as mayor or council speaker.

WATCH: No coalitions for the EFF, says Malema

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