Malema issues ultimatum to ANC .

The EFF Leadership led by the President and Commander in Chief, Julius Malema
at the EFF Presser. Image: X/@EFFSouthAfrica

Malema issues ultimatum to ANC on Ekurhuleni MMC removal

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has issued a stern ultimatum to the African National Congress (ANC).

Malema issues ultimatum to ANC .

The EFF Leadership led by the President and Commander in Chief, Julius Malema
at the EFF Presser. Image: X/@EFFSouthAfrica

In a defiant stance against the African National Congress (ANC), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has issued a stern ultimatum. He demanded the reinstatement of Nkululeko Dunga as Finance MMC in Ekurhuleni.

Failure to comply, Malema warned, would result in the withdrawal of all EFF Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMCs) across municipalities where the party collaborates with the ANC.

Furthermore, Malema’s ultimatum comes in response to Ekurhuleni Mayor Doctor Xhakaza’s decision to remove Dunga from his position. Xhakaza cited the need for city development and budgetary efficiency. Also, the mayor appointed Nomadlozi Nkosi as interim MMC for Finance, a move met with strong opposition from the EFF.

Standoff intensifies as Malema issues deadline

Addressing the media in Cape Town, Malema emphasised the EFF’s readiness for a political confrontation.

“If by this evening [Thursday], Dunga is not reappointed as MMC of Finance, all our MMCs in Johannesburg, Mogale City, and other municipalities are going to step down,” Malema declared, highlighting the party’s uncompromising stance on the matter.

“We are not scared of a fight,” Malema asserted, underscoring the EFF’s determination to assert its influence in municipal governance. Moreover, the ultimatum coincided with strategic deliberations ahead of the parliamentary session. Additionally, Malema outlined the EFF’s agenda in the upcoming political landscape.

Political strategy and opposition alliances

Additionally, Malema disclosed the EFF’s intention to contest the position of National Assembly Speaker, revealing Veronica Mente as their nominee. Malema expressed reservations about engaging with the Democratic Alliance (DA) and what he described as “right-wing Oppenheimer-funded political parties.”

In addition, rejecting collaboration with parties he deemed counter revolutionary, Malema reiterated the EFF’s commitment to reshaping South Africa’s political landscape.

“We will not participate in a government that includes right-wing and reactionary political parties,” he affirmed, signalling potential challenges in forming coalition governments post-election.

According to IOL, Malema also declared that his party would stop being “rowdy and disruptive” in parliament.

“This time around we have taken a decision not to play any role of disruption in Parliament. We will be robust and engage to a point where we follow up that which was rejected illegally in Parliament through peaceful protest on the streets,” he said.