Following the post local government election and the role the EFF plays in the coalition process, a former member of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Andile Mngxitama has called on the party to look toward coalition with the ruling ANC and shun the Democratic Alliance for the benefit of pressing for policy change.
The expelled Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP and who is now the national convener of Black First Land First movement, pointed out that for the fact that the ANC didn’t post a majority in Nelson Mandela Bay, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and the City of Johannesburg doesn’t mean any other party gained a clear majority in those centres.
He said that the result shows that the main opposition parties were put in the pound seats by the ANC voters who didn’t show up on Election Day. A rerun of the poll would force the ANC voters out and they would annihilate the opposition parties. ANC voters show remarkable loyalty to the ANC — instead of voting for opposition parties, they opted to hold on to their votes.
Mngxitama however warned the EFF who is on the fore front of the coalition talk to stay clear any talks with the Democratic alliance (DA). He said if the EFF gets into bed with the DA, it will expose itself as radical only rhetorically and will go down history as the party that helped bring back white rule.
“The EFF can use the electoral impasse to press for big national policy changes by trading its votes for land and free education, including nationalization of strategic sectors of the economy, reparations for Marikana, setting of minimum wages, and the adoption of a basic income grant,”Mngxitama said.
“Such a deal has to be with the ruling party for the simple reason that only the ANC has national competency to change policy at that level because of its domination of the National Assembly”
Mngxitama further noted that the election results have opened up a rare opportunity to address national policy issues that have been neglected for too long.
He said for the EFF to take advantage of this window of opportunity, it must rise above its petty hatred of President Jacob Zuma and refuse advice from outsiders with imperialist interests in South Africa.
Meanwhile, the EFF revealed it has ruled out any coalition talk with the ruling party based on two reasons – that the ANC are the very people the voters rejected. “We cannot put them back into power now; so they will be taught a historic lesson not to mess with people.
“It is us who must instruct them – they must take instruction from us.
“They must learn to be humble and to never again insult the intelligence of our people by behaving in government the way they have been behaving.” says EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said concerning coalition with the DA that the EFF would not fall into the trap of trying to just secure positions for its members.