Last week, the Commander-in-Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema threatened to withdraw EFF votes in DA-run municipalities if the party refuses to fire embattled Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.
The fighters had demanded her immediate resignation entirely as WC premier and not just excluding her from all decision-making structures, including DA’s federal executive, the federal council and the provincial council, as announced by the DA earlier this week.
On Monday, the DA accepted Zille’s apology for her controversial tweets supporting colonialism and praising its impacts in South Africa.
“After a period of debate and reflection, I recognise the offence caused by my tweet on the 16th of March 2017 with regards to the legacy of colonialism. I, therefore, apologise unreservedly to the South African public who were offended by this tweet and my subsequent explanation of it,” Zille wrote in her apology.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane welcomed the move and praised Zille for admitting her wrongdoing, which he said is ‘a quality that I believe sets her apart from many other political leaders in our country’.
Unfazed by Malema’s threats to withdraw EFF’s supports in DA-led regions, the DA decided not to disrobe Zille of her premiership regalia.
And while we all thought the EFF has launched a process of withdrawing their votes, as threatened, Malema on Friday told supporters that the party has changed its mind.
Speaking at a Youth Day rally in Boipatong, the chief fighter said instead of pulling out of their municipal voting bloc with the DA, the EFF would first try to remove the ANC from power.
“We will never vote for the ANC. We are in this mess because of the ANC. If you say I must tell EFF people not to vote for the DA, how do I go back to explain to the people of Boipatong that I voted for a party which took electricity from them for two months?
We will continue to vote for the DA, the IFP and any other party opposed to the security of white monopoly capital”
Though a lot of people expressed dissatisfaction with DA’s decision to keep Zille as Western Cape Premier, the EFF believes its better to push the ANC out first before picking on them.
The DA has been governing the Western Cape since the 2009 general election, having won a bigger majority at the 2014 election.
Perhaps, they reasoned that fighting the DA or an instability in the Western Cape government would have had consequences for all opposition parties trying to work together against the ruling party.