'No place for complacency in the EFF'
EFF leader Julius Malema has warned his party members who did not campaign during the elections that they will be dealt with.
Although the EFF showed significant growth nationally and in the majority of provinces, the red berets leader said the party would replace incompetent councillors and party leaders who didn't toe the party line heading into the elections.
"You have to invest in the organisation, because there is a general laziness and incapacity to think outside the box. People become wheelbarrows when they are deployed. If you leave them there, you will find them where you left them. There is nothing that happens through a miracle."
EFF support grew nationally to 10.79% from 6.35% in 2014. They will now occupy 44 seats in the National Assembly.
The party secured about 1.8-million votes, up from 1.169,259 in 2014.
Out of the 48 parties on the national ballot paper, the EFF, Freedom Front Plus and IFP saw the most growth overall.
At provincial level, the EFF is now the official opposition to the ANC in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West, replacing the DA.
Malema, however, said self-introspection was important so that challenges can be identified in the run-up to the recent elections, including those who refused to work the ground.
"There might be 90% replacement of MPs and we make no apology about it, as long as they do not perform. We don't see that as a weakness, we replaced MPs on the fifth parliament and it never affected our performance."
Malema said if internal report findings show that he did not perform well, he is willing to step down. "Yes I failed. The EFF can remove me if they want, I don't have a problem. Anytime you can remove me. I was deployed in three provinces and we did not do well. If the problem is that the president [Malema] was not helpful, let it be that conclusion."
There might be 90% replacement of MPs and we make no apology about it
Although he acknowledged the party's failure in some provinces, he said the party did not lose a vote.
In Tshwane where the EFF is a coalition partner with the DA, Malema said his party now wanted to take over the mayoral chain. "This is a power-sharing. We have already started talking to the DA. We are sharing power in Joburg, we are sharing power in Tshwane."
The ANC, the EFF and the DA have been at loggerheads in the capital city, after failed motions of no confidence against former mayor Solly Msimanga.
Malema assured current mayor Stevens Mokgalapa of the DA, that the red berets would not be calling for a motion of no confidence but would like to take over in a manner that is not chaotic.
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