Sun. Jul 21st, 2019

Tshwane ANC taunts Julius Malema and the EFF over mayorship

Julius Malema BotswanaThe ANC has dared Julius Malema to bring a motion of no confidence in Tswhane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa because they “want to see something happen”.

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The African National Congress (ANC) in Pretoria says Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has no say in who will lead the province because they only won 11% of the vote in the last municipal election.

EFF intentions to take over

Earlier in 2019, Julius Malema announced the EFF would be entering into negotiations with the Democratic Alliance (DA) to formally partner in governing Tshwane and Johannesburg.

“This is a power-sharing … We have already started talking to the DA. We are sharing power in Joburg, we are sharing power in Tshwane,” he told TimesLive in May.

However, no agreement was reached between the two opposition parties at the time.

More recently, the EFF has renewed calls to have Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa removed but have effectively been laughed out of the conversation by the ANC in the province.

DA coalition debate

While DA leader Mmusi Maimane has not categorically ruled out the chances of forming a coalition with the EFF in Tswhane, it seems fairly unlikely at this stage.

“At this point in time, we have a mayor in Tshwane who is working to deliver services to the people. We are certainly, from where we stand, not moving out of the city of Tshwane,” he said at a media briefing.

ANC taunt the EFF

The DA’s reluctance to partner, plus a lack of votes during the municipal election in 2016, and very little support from the city council means the EFF’s hopes of taking over are not very good at this point in time.

And the ANC grabbed the opportunity to stick the boot into one of their political rivals with both feet.

“It is now clear that the EFF is more interested in playing ‘palace politics’ at the expense of our communities and welfare of our people,” the ANC in Tshwane said in a statement.

“Julius Malema convened the media to outline his plan to take over the City of Tshwane, with a measly 11% of the vote garnered in the 2016 local government elections, by coercing the DA to hand over the mayoral chain to his toy soldiers.

“Seeing that we are now in the month of June, we would like to ask, what happened to those bold plans? Is the EFF going to submit a motion of no confidence in Councillor Stevens Mokgalapa at the council sitting of June? Or have they done a sudden U-turn as we are accustomed to from them?

“We would like to urge the fake commander-in-chief to go ahead with his bold plans in the next council; we want to see something.”

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