Malema's dreams of kingmaker, or even king

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- mg.co.za | a month ago

Julius Malema wants the Economic Freedom Fighters in government after the 2019 polls, specifically as members of mayoral committees (MMCs) in Johannesburg and a mayor in Tshwane.

“We will go into a coalition with anyone who is prepared to speak to that arrangement,” he said, speaking on the sidelines of an EFF campaign event.The EFF leader provided a glimpse into the party’s possible strategy in the event of horse-trading over power in hung provinces after the May 8 election.

A coalition deal to hand power in Gauteng, for instance, to either the ANC or the Democratic Alliance could see the EFF bargaining for MMC posts in Johannesburg or to take control of the City of Tshwane.The DA gained control of both metros in 2016 by making a loose agreement with the EFF, which chose to keep the ANC out of power.

The DA’s grip on power in Johannesburg, in particular, rests on the support of a number of formal coalition partners.In the post-Zuma political landscape, it is possible for the EFF to throw its support behind the ANC in exchange for posts in the two key metros.

This would mean the EFF would be in government for the first time since its formation in 2014.

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