Malema Shivambu VBS

EFF leader Julius Malema (in the middle) with members of the party’s top six. Image: X/@EFFSouthAfrica

Elections: EFF willing to work with the ANC as a coalition partner

The EFF has not ruled out the possibility of working with the ANC to form a coalition as the ruling party’s support has plummeted below 50%^.

Malema Shivambu VBS

EFF leader Julius Malema (in the middle) with members of the party’s top six. Image: X/@EFFSouthAfrica

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it is willing to work with the African National Congress (ANC) as a coalition partner as no political party achieved an outright majority (50%) in order to govern.

Malema held a media briefing at the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) National Results Operation Centre in Midrand on Saturday, 1 June.


During the briefing, Malema said if there’s any party they can work and work properly with it is the ANC because when it is compromised it is not arrogant.

“If we were to go to elections in the next two years with the ANC sitting at 40%, for sure after they would get 15%. So, once the ANC has lost what they must know is that they are going to lose forever. So, don’t worry that’s why we prefer them because they will never grow,” the EFF leader said.

The EFF is already governing a number of metropolitan municipalities in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal with the ANC and other parties through a coalition.

Additionally, Malema admitted that the emergence of Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party impacted the party’s performance especially in KwaZulu-Natal.

As previously reported, many political analysts had predicted that support for the EFF, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and the African National Congress (ANC) will decline because of the MK Party in Zuma’s home province.

Malema insisted that there is no bad blood between the EFF an the MK Party. They are willing to work with them.

At the same time, Malema said they are the happiest because they have achieved their mission in their lifetime, and that mission was to bring the ANC below 50%.

Speaking at the Results Operation Centre in Midrand, Helen Zille said also said the Jacob Zuma-led party is eating away votes from all parties, least of all the DA. 

“So, this is an ethnic identity vote and it mobilises across a particular ethnic identity group very powerfully. We’ve seen it in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, and we’ve seen it to some extent in Gauteng,” she said. 

Furthermore, Zille also emphasised that ethnic tribalism voting is not good for South Africa’s constitutional democracy.

‌The former Western Cape Premier said it means people aren’t voting on principles, values or policies. However, ‘they are voting on ‘this is my identity,’ and in a democracy you need people to take values and principles, party manifestos, policy and governance track records seriously.”


With 99% of votes counted, these are the top five political parties based on the election outcome:

  • ANC – 6 367 023 (40%)
  • DA – 3 436 331 (21.7%)
  • MK Party – 2 317 389 (14.65%)
  • EFF – 1 498 845 (9.47%)
  • IFP – 613 787 (3.8%)
Support for the ANC has declined to 40% while the DA has retained its second. The newly-formed MK Party has replaced the EFF as the third biggest political party in South Africa. Source: IEC