KwaZulu-Natal: EFF And IFP Part Ways
The relationship between the EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) and the IFP (Inkatha Freedom Party) has broken down. The EFF leader, Julius Malema, has called for the resignation of all deputy mayors under the EFF-IFP coalition in municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
The EFF claims that the IFP has refused to change its ways and is not ready to work with the newly formed coalition. Malema accuses the IFP of being apartheid collaborators and refusing to change. The EFF has deputy mayors in three district municipalities and five local municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal.
The IFP spokesperson has accused the EFF of dishonesty and stated the party will recover from any losses. The EFF move is expected to extend to the eThekwini metro led by the ANC.
The EFF says that they are now actively engaged in meetings with opposition parties in an effort to stabilize the situation and gain governance experience ahead of the 2024 election. The EFF will conclude its plenum with plans for the 2024 general election campaign and filling up FNB Stadium for the organization’s 10th birthday. Multi-party coalitions are facing stability problems in hung councils post-2021 local elections, with leadership posts frequently changing hands.