Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said his party will consider fielding a candidate for Mayor of the City of Johannesburg.
Malema made the revelation while addressing journalists on Monday at Nasrec, Johannesburg, the site of EFF’s upcoming National People’s Assembly.
He said, “I get somehow worried that every time there is a position available in the municipalities, people talk about leaving it to the ANC and DA, including some leaders of the EFF.”
‘We’re ready to govern’
Malema added, “I don’t understand why people are not talking about the EFF, after the EFF said, ‘We’re ready to govern.’ Leaders of the EFF tell you about MMCs from other political parties.
“We’ve got well-experienced leaders of the EFF in municipalities. I wanted to propose that the EFF must contest and it must contest without talking to anyone.
“If the ANC is contesting, if the DA is contesting, why is the EFF not contesting? So, that decision will be taken and will be communicated.”
He slammed DA and ANC leaders who are approaching EFF informally to support their mayoral candidates for “disrespecting” EFF.
Jostling for Joburg’s mayoral position has begun following outgoing Mayor Herman Mashaba’s announcement last week that he will resign on 27 November.
‘All members are available’
Malema also spoke about the party’s Assembly, which will be held in December to elect new leaders. He reiterated that all EFF members are available to contest for leadership positions.
He said unlike ANC, EFF will only open nominations for the positions at the conference’s plenary session, not from its branches.
“When people nominate from the branch, they fight at the branch, then they go and fight at the region, then they go and fight at the province, and then they come here fighting. So, we want them to fight once,” he explained.
The EFF leader said this would reduce perceptions of a party being “permanently in conflict.”
EFF National Chairperson Dali Mpofu disputed media reports of divisions within the party, adding that their organisation “will never be factionalised.”
He said, “All those in the media who are trying to factionalise this organisation are going to fail because we have no time for factions. We have time for contestation, [which] must never be confused with factionalism.”