South African General Election: EFF Rules Out Coalition With Opposition Ahead Of 2019


The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won’t be heading for a coalition government in the South African general election coming up in 2019.

The party’s deputy president, Floyd Shivambu disclosed this on Saturday during its 13th central command team meeting in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

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The EFF central command team meeting is a platform where the party evaluates/reviews its work since its inception four years ago.

Instead of planning on how and who to form a coalition government in 2019, Shivambu said the revolutionary socialist party rather hopes to be in a decisive majority position.

He also announced that the EFF has started solidifying plans in across its branches and would continue to build and improve on the laid-out plans, ahead of the general elections.

“The election machinery now, and the work of the organisation, is that we should win in all provinces. We are not planning to have limitations or shortfalls in any of the provinces.

“We are not discussing anything about coalitions because we are not preparing to be in a coalition. Our core function is to have a decisive victory in all key provinces after 2019 elections.”

The EFF is the third largest party in South Africa with 25 seats in parliament and already has been co-governing with other opposition parties in major metros and other municipalities.

However, its relationship with the Democratic Alliance (DA) turned sour in September when its councilors boycotted municipal council meetings in DA-led metros.

The boycotts by the red beret party councillors were triggered by the removal of Nelson Mandela Bay Deputy Mayor Mongameli Bobani of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) through a motion of no confidence supported by the DA.

Meanwhile, the EFF plans to kick off campaigns in earnest from the beginning of January 2018 until the time the general elections would commence in 2019.

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The party also vowed to put in maximum energy in regions such as Western Cape, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga.

The Western Cape province is run at 60 percent by the Democratic Alliance, while the ruling party safely controls Mpumalanga and Limpopo at 70 percent. But the fighters said they are not deterred by these records as they would be putting in maximum energy so as to emerge victorious in the end.