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Cape Town – Although the EFF is at daggers drawn with the city of Cape Town over the election banners, the party insisted on Monday that it hopes to triple its representation in the metropolitan municipality.
Provincial President Melikhaya Xego said, “We currently have seven councilors and plan to triple the number. “
According to Xego, voters reacted well to their election campaigns ahead of the local elections on November 1.
“The EFF was there throughout Covid-19. As an organization, we were there during the evictions, ”he said.
He added that the Red Berets had defended the campaign against racism when it erupted at Brackenfell High School in the province.
Xego, however, said their plan for the rest of the province’s municipalities was to reduce the DA’s majority vote and push for the suspended municipalities.
“We cannot be ahead of ourselves. We are still building the organization.
“We (will) be kingmakers. We are working to make sure that we reduce the DA to no more than 60% and less than 50% so that we can have coalitions. “
Xego’s comment comes a day after AD leader John Steenhuisen said on social media that his party would not enter into a coalition with the EFF under his leadership.
“They don’t share our values and we have learned a valuable lesson over the past 5 years. We would rather serve our constituents as an excellent opposition than compromise our values and principles… ”said Steenhuisen.
When asked if they were working to significantly reduce the ANC’s base of support, Xego stressed that supporters of the ruling party were loyal to former President Nelson Mandela.
He further added that there were still ANC supporters who insisted that despite the challenges the party faced, they would still vote for him because of Mandela.
“We always need serious voter education so people can understand that when an organization fails them, they move on. In the current situation, we can see that the ANC is failing and the EFF is their only hope.
Meanwhile, the EFF is preparing for the arrival of party leader Julius Malema for a three-day campaign in the province.
Xego has confirmed that Malema will be on the Cape Town metro and in the municipality of Stellenbosch from Thursday to Saturday.
“The Commander-in-Chief will organize community meetings, walk around and engage with communities to explain our manifesto and address community concerns,” he said.
Although Xego has announced that a statement will be released soon, posters on social media show that Malema will campaign in Stellenbosch, where a community meeting is scheduled in Khayamnandi.
He is expected to address the student command rally at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Bellville and community meetings in Nyanga and Khayelitsha on Friday.
On Saturday Malema will be in Kraaifontein.
Meanwhile, the EFF is awaiting a judgment from the Western Cape High Court on the election poster dispute after the case was heard on Friday.
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