EFF disrupted plan to give suspended subways to ANC
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says his party disrupted a plan drawn up by President Cyril Ramaphosa and DA Federal Council President Helen Zille to hand over the country’s suspended subways to the ANC .
Malema, speaking at a press conference in Johannesburg on Thursday, claimed the DA had dropped plans by opposition parties to vote for Randall Williams of the DA as mayor of Tshwane and ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba as mayor of Johannesburg, because they wanted to “upset the opposition” and hand the subways over to the ANC.
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He said the plan was to make Ramaphosa appear as the ANC’s messiah and savior.
“We knew from the plan that Cyril’s ANC, aided by Helen Zille, must get more subways than what [former president Jacob] Zuma has [in 2016]. So Cyril must come out as a savior of the ANC [and] as a smart negotiator. We disrupted this plan.
“Helen didn’t dispute the subways, she shocked herself [the DA won]. She was pretending to challenge the subways because she has a deal with Ramaphosa to upset the opposition, âsaid Malema.
The EFF leader said his party and ActionSA’s maneuvers to vote for the DA mayoral candidates in Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni torpedoed the ANC-DA plan.
“They [the DA] were not challenging the ANC government, they were not. Certainly not! they were going to pretend [to be fielding candidates], that’s why they came out the way they did, âhe said.
“Ramaphosa did not save the ANC”
With the ANC failing to secure a majority to rule in suspended subways, Malema claimed Ramaphosa had done nothing to save the ruling party from public embarrassment.
âCyril Ramaphosa, the president of the ANC, never bothered to speak to anyone because he thought he had sealed this affair. He wasn’t worried about anything.
Malema said Ramaphosa was not a skilled negotiator as others have described him. He said it was former president Jacob Zuma and suspended ANC secretary general Ace Magashule who ensured that the ANC retained control of the eThekwini metro.
He claimed that Vice President David Mabuza even tried to negotiate with the EFF on coalitions, but the party snubbed him because he apparently has no power.
“[The ANCâs] the forces of radical economic transformation are those that have won over eThekwini. They were fighting there. Where was CR17 [Ramaphosaâs campaign to become ANC president in 2017]? Where was the president of the ANC when all this was happening?
No EFF-DA coalition
While the EFF voted with ActionSA to install DA mayors in the suspended municipalities, Malema stressed that there was no coalition agreement in place between the Red Berets and the DA.
âThe DA does not have a coalition with the EFF and the EFF does not have a coalition with the DAâ¦ The DA won municipalities without any coalition agreement. [and] it stops there, âhe said.
When a white person says not to vote for me, we vote for him by force. There is nothing he can do.
He said he agreed with DA chief John Steenhuisen that the EFF’s votes for their mayors came without conditions.
“We fully agree with him. The DA owes the EFF nothing [and] we don’t owe the DA anything. We are not going to have a meeting with the DA in the next five years to talk about municipalities and how to manage them, âsaid Malema.
Malema said his party advisers voted to remove the ANC from power, not in favor of the DA and its mayoral candidates.
He added that the EFF’s biggest task was to wipe out the ANC completely from power in all spheres of government.
âAnd we are successful in this mission. This mission will never end at eThekwini, we will continue to ensure that this winner of the RET forces is eliminated in less than a year, âhe warned.
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