The South African Communist Party (SACP) has “accepted the will of the people as expressed on the ballot”‚ but can’t accept the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA) working together.
In its “statement on local government coalitions‚ in particular the EFF and the DA”‚ the SACP’s Alex Mashilo said that power is being returned to a “party of the rich and white privilege”.
That the EFF said it would not be entering in coalitions with the DA just hours earlier did not deter Mashilo‚ who said: “The courting of the EFF by the DA was essentially embedded in‚ and is ultimately tantamount to‚ harnessing the EFF as a strategy to hand power back to the interests of minority rule based on white supremacy fronted and masked in a black face.
“In the name of national interests and setting aside ideological differences‚ the EFF has indeed chosen not to be neutral‚ not to be on the side of advancing revolutionary social emancipation‚ but to be on the side of the DA‚ a party of monopoly capital‚” he said.
He dismissed the EFF’s claim “that it is representing the aspirations of the poor” as it has “chosen to collaborate and return power back to a party of the rich and white privilege acquired acquired under colonial and apartheid oppression”.
He also said the “election results show that the DA remains firmly rooted in historical constituencies that were declared whites-only under apartheid”‚ and suggested it was “consolidating support in other national minority communities based on the manufacture of anti-majoritarian fear and despite gaining a smattering of votes elsewhere”.
The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)‚ meanwhile‚ was confident of retaining its identity while it was “co-operating with other parties to bring change to all residents in these cities”.
The “ACDP remains the ACDP and does not lose its unique identity in these multi-party governments”‚ said spokesperson JoAnn Downs.
“This is a new era in South African politics. It is the time of multi-party government. It is the time of maximum accountability and transparency‚ it is the time of service delivery.
“The ANC has not done these things‚ therefore the ANC must stop in Tshwane‚ in Nelson Mandela Bay and in Johannesburg.”