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EFF digs in over Mashaba as Joburg mayor

The EFF says they don’t want to back Herman Mashaba because of his capitalist views.

FILE: Democratic Alliance mayoral candidate for Johannesburg Herman Mashaba. Picture: Christa Eybers /EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As Solly Msimanga prepares to take over as the new Tshwane mayor and Athol Trollip gets ready to run Nelson Mandela Bay, there's still no certainty this morning about whether Herman Mashaba will lead Johannesburg.

Yesterday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters confirmed they'd vote together to form governments in hung metros in Gauteng and Nelson Mandela Bay.

But the red berets say they don't want to back Mashaba because of his capitalist views.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says they don't believe they should remove Mashaba as their mayoral candidate just because another party wants them to.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa, a member of the DA-led coalition, says there's still time to negotiate.

"We still have until about Monday to fix problems if there are any. So talks must continue, we are not here to play."

Maimane says when it comes to forming coalitions, what was said on the campaign trail stays on the campaign trail.

"The question about don't vote for small parties - a lot was said during the elections. I think if you ask people here, they said some things about us too."

He says they will form accountable and transparent governments.

WATCH: Opposition parties rally behind the DA

At the same time, Malema says his party's disagreement with the DA over Mashaba will not collapse its deal.

He says they do not want Mashaba as mayor because he hates his black skin and has continually disrespected poor black people.

But he says the issue is not a fundamental one.

"We have a disagreement with the DA on the mayor, it's not a fundamental issue, we just raised our concerns and we are talking about it."

He also says although they are voting with the DA, they still believe the party is racist.

"This one, the DA with their racism - compared to the kleptocratic state led by the ANC - they are better off."

The Johannesburg council is expected to convene soon where parties will vote for mayor and speaker.

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