No doubt the political crisis that engulfed the city of Tswane in the past four days will affect ANC’s hold in the locality especially as it refuses to heed to the people’s choice of mayoral candidate.
Funnily, the Economic Freedom Fighters warned the ruling party to pray hard to win in Tshwane election if not, it will be forcefully removed.
The EFF leader Julius Malema issued this warning to the ruling ANC party during a recorded interview that was aired on Power FM.
Malema said though he is sure ANC would never relinquish power if it loses in the coming election, his EFF will ensure they force the party out if it wins in Tshwane and other ANC’s controlled areas.
“If the ANC were to lose the elections to the EFF or the DA, they will fight to remain in power by force, but they must know that we don’t play games; we don’t entertain hooligans … we deal with them decisively.
“The ANC must pray that the EFF must not win in Tshwane because if it is us in power and they refuse to leave, we will force them out of power because we would have that democratic mandate from our people,” he said.
The city of Tshwane has been put under chaos since the riling ANC refused to heed to the people’s choice of Kgosientso Ramokgopa over the party’s choice of Thoko Didiza.
Commenting on this, Malema said the mayhem was a result of patronage issues.
“They thrive through patronage and even when those people are not qualified, they are still empowered because they are hooligans who know how to burn tyres and having been employed on the basis of allegiance to individuals. You are so scared that if this individual leaves, it means goodbye for me and leaving this position because most of them were employed not on merit but on the basis of factional alignment,” said Malema.
“Ramokgopa is responsible for the violence in Tshwane and Zuma is responsible for the violent protests in the country,” Malema said.
Malema also described the violence which has claimed at least five lives as “shameful African National Congress (ANC) black-on-black terror attacks”.
“It is an evil‚ abusive and unacceptable shame that black South Africans in Tshwane are actively faced with regressive threats of murder‚ violence and intimidation‚” acting chairperson Mandisa Mashego said.
He however sent his condolences on behalf of EFF Gauteng to all families whose sons and daughters continue to lose their lives.