The Sowetan newspaper published an article stating that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) would work with the African National Congress (ANC) in 2019 if it gets rid of the institutionalised corruption within the party.
This raises the question of whether the ANC and EFF are on the same page. Political analyst, Ralph Mathekga says that this question has been around for some time. Julius Malema has expressed in interviews that he is willing to work with the ANC if Jacob Zuma was removed.
It appears to me that the EFF seems to be taking the position that they don't have a problem with the ANC, but they do have a problem with President Jacob Zuma.— Ralph Mathekga, political analyst
Mathekga believes that the EFF is flip flopping on its position. In past statements, they often have said that the whole of the ANC has been captured and that the removal of Jacob Zuma is not enough. Now they are saying they may be willing to work with the ANC.
Mathekga says that this change in the EFF's tune is because they are looking at their electoral prospects in 2019.
They are being confronted with the reality that on their own, they will not be able to win elections and they need to be looking into a possible coalition if the opportunity comes to be in government.— Ralph Mathekga, political analyst
Despite working with the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the past, Mathekga says that this comes of out of a common disdain for the ANC, rather than a common vision between the parties.
When it come to the issue and the prospect of entering a coalition, the EFF has a much more workable relationship with the ANC than with the DA.
Listen to the full interview below:
This article first appeared on 702 : Possibilities of an EFF and ANC coalition