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EFF moving in on DA territory? Party ready to gain Western Cape votes

CAP EAST - Despite its spat with the City of Cape Town over election banners, the EFF maintained on Monday that it hoped to quadruple its representation in the metropolitan municipality.

"We presently have seven councillors and intend to quadruple that number," provincial chairperson Melikhaya Xego stated.

According to Xego, people responded positively to their election campaigns in the run-up to the November 1 municipal elections.

"The EFF was present during Covid-19. As an organization, we were present during the evictions," he explained.

He stated that the red berets championed the anti-racism campaign that erupted at the province's Brackenfell High School.

Xego, on the other hand, stated that their objective for other municipalities in the province was to weaken the DA's majority vote and promote hung municipalities.

"We cannot afford to get ahead of ourselves. We are still in the process of establishing the organization."

"We are going to appoint kings. We are aiming to guarantee that the DA does not exceed 60% and does not fall below 50% in order to form alliances."

Xego's statement comes a day after DA leader John Steenhuisen stated on social media that his party would not form a coalition with the EFF while he is in office.

"They do not share our values, which is an important lesson we've learned over the last five years. We would rather serve as an excellent opposition to our voters than sacrifice our ideals and principles," Steenhuisen stated.

When asked if they were attempting to erode the ANC's support base, Xego emphasized that followers of the ruling party remained loyal to former President Nelson Mandela.

He noted that there were still ANC loyalists who maintained that despite the party's difficulties, they would vote for it because of Mandela.

"We still require significant voter education to ensure that people understand that when an organization fails them, they leave. We can see that the ANC is collapsing in the current environment, and the EFF is their only hope."

Meanwhile, the EFF is preparing for the arrival of party leader Julius Malema in the province for a three-day campaign.

Malema will be in the City of Cape Town Metro and Stellenbosch Municipality from Thursday to Saturday, according to Xego.

"The commander-in-chief will hold community meetings, tour through neighborhoods, and engage with residents to explain our manifesto and address their problems," he stated.

Although Xego has stated that a statement will be made shortly, posters on social media indicate that Malema will campaign in Stellenbosch, where a community meeting at Khayamnandi is planned.

On Friday, he is scheduled to address a student command rally at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Bellville, as well as community meetings in Nyanga and Khayelitsha.

Malema will be at Kraaifontein on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the EFF is awaiting a decision on the election poster issue from the Western Cape High Court, which heard the case on Friday.

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