S African radical opposition EFF ends coalition in local govts

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – South Africa’s leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said it has pulled out of local government coalitions with the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), a move that could hamstring the running of key municipalities.

The EFF said on Tuesday it was terminating an informal deal it had reached with the DA after local government elections in 2016 that dealt a setback to the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

By joining forces, the DA and the EFF wrested power from the ANC in several major cities, including the capital Pretoria and the economic hub Johannesburg.

But on Tuesday the EFF leader Julius Malema said, “We are no longer voting with DA in all municipalities and we will not vote with the ANC”.

“We will participate in the debates, however we will not vote”.

“We cannot keep voting for people who can’t vote for us. Power-sharing means give and take,” Malema said.

The DA described the decision as “unfortunate” and to the detriment of “the millions of South Africans who voted for change in the 2016 municipal elections”.