EFF leader Julius Malema had a frank and earnest chat with Radio 702’s Eusebius McKaiser on Thursday, where he discussed all matters relating to the upcoming elections and the party’s policy frameworks.
As we edge closer towards election day, the ANC’s ability to reign in more than 50% of the vote has come into question. It would be the first time in 25 years that the ruling party wouldn’t maintain an overall majority, forcing them into a coalition deal in order to keep power. The red berets fancy their chances of being first in line.
Julius Malema “open” to a coalition government
Over the past few years, we’ve seen how the EFF work with other parties in government, and things aren’t so rosy. Coalitions in both Tshwane and Port Elizabeth have soured, with the latter completely collapsing. Malema’s party had initially cosied up to the DA in a bid to oust Jacob Zuma, but they haven’t been able to maintain civility.
Speaking with McKaiser, Julius Malema revealed that these previous experiences hadn’t left him embittered. In fact, he welcomed the idea of entering a coalition government at a national level – as long as his following demands were met
How to get the EFF on board
- Amend the constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.
- Continue to implement free education for university students.
- Rename Cape Town International Airport after Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
#MalemaWithEusebius Malema: What is going to guide us into going into a coalition is the amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation. Simple.
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) April 18, 2019
South African elections: Latest opinion polls
Given that the DA strictly oppose the first two policies, you can kiss goodbye to any chance of a blue-and-red revolution. It’s much more likely that the EFF could find themselves as kingmakers to the ANC, should they need some help getting over the line.
Meanwhile, recent polls have been favourable towards the EFF, who are beginning to find their feet as a credible opposition outfit despite concerns over their hard-left approach and the conduct of senior officials.
They look on course to double the number of votes they received in 2014, and have even been tipped to overtake the DA as the second-most popular party in Mzansi. Mmusi Maimane may be looking over his shoulder next month.