SOUTH AFRICA: EFF elbowing DA in its Western Cape territory

EFF challenging DA in their bedrock Western Cape territory [Image: @EFFparty/Twitter]
CAPE TOWN, South Africa—Despite the EFF being at loggerheads with the city of Cape Town over election banners, the party on Friday insisted it was hoping to triple its representation in the metropolitan municipality.

Provincial chairperson Melikhaya Xego said: “We currently have seven councilors and plan to triple the number.”

According to Xego, voters were responding well to their election campaigns ahead of the November 1 local government’s elections.

“The EFF was there all along during Covid-19. As the organization we have been there during the evictions,” he said.

He added that the red berets had championed the anti-racism campaign when it broke out at the Brackenfell High School in the province.

Xego, however, said their plans for other municipalities in the province were to reduce the DA’s majority vote and push for hung municipalities.

“We can’t be ahead of ourselves we are still building the organization.”

“We are going to be kingmakers. We are working to ensure that we reduce the DA, to be not more than 60%  and be less than 50% so that we can have coalitions.”

Xego’s comment comes a day after DA leader John Steenhuisen took to social media saying his party will not enter into a coalition with the EFF under his leadership.

“They do not share our values and we learned a valuable lesson over the last 5 years. We would rather serve our voters as an excellent opposition that compromises our values and principles.” Steenhuisen said.

Asked if they were working towards making a huge dent in the ANC’s support base, Xego highlighted that supporters of the ruling party were loyal to former president Nelson Mandela.

He further added that there are still ANC supporters who insist that despite challenges faced in the party, they would still vote for it because of Mandela.

“We still need a serious voter education so that people can understand that when an organization is failing them, they move on. Under the current situation, we can that the ANC is failing and the EFF is their only hole.”

Meanwhile, the EFF is gearing itself for the arrival of the party leader Julius Malema for a three-day campaign in the province.