EFF makes power play for control of Joburg

The EFF wants the Democratic Alliance to take a back seat in the election of the mayor of Johannesburg this time around.

JOHANNESBURG - The EFF wants the Democratic Alliance to take a back seat in the election of the mayor of Johannesburg this time around.

The DA announced its candidate to replace Herman Mashaba who resigned last month.

But EFF leader Julius Malema says the red berets will field its own.

READ: EFF cut ties with DA

"We are going to field our candidate in Johannesburg and the leadership will announce the name in due course," Malema said.

"We are not saying we will not talk, but we will talk on condition that they support the EFF candidate."

He says it's now the DA's turn to support them.

READ: EFF praises Mashaba following resignation

"Whichever party says they support the EFF in Joburg, we will support that party in Tshwane.

"We are going to govern now, we are not playing. And we do not want a coalition, you lead exclusively," he said.

"If it is going to be ANC, so be it. If it's going to be DA, so be it."

READ: DA announces Funzela Ngobeni to replace Mashaba

Soon after Mashaba's resignation, it was reported that the ANC approached the IFP for the support of its five councillors.

The ANC in Johannesburg said engagements were ongoing. 

The DA's candidate, Funzela Ngobeni, said he wants to ensure continuity in the city if elected.

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