EFF won't participate in election of new president

National Speaker Baleka Mbete

National Speaker Baleka Mbete

Because this parliament has been complicit in creating the personality cult that is Jacob Zuma and it must be dissolved to reconstitute a new leadership of South Africa with a fresh mandate from the general participation of our people through elections.

In this extract from the Economic Freedom Fighters news briefing today‚ the EFF explains why it will not participate in this afternoon's vote for a new president and its reasons for wanting parliament to be dissolved.

In a tweet, the party said on Wednesday morning it postponed its urgent court application following engagements with the ANC's caucus in Parliament. And there was no possibility the EFF motion of no confidence was going to be withdrawn.

According to ANC and Parliament, Zuma's tenure is over. There shouldn't be an election of a president.

In describing Zuma's departure, Malema said the former president's "legacy of corruption" is now in the "dustbin of history". In all these sins and shenanigans‚ the ANC was the shield that protected Jacob Zuma from being held accountable.

He also brought up Ramaphosa's cosy relationship with the business world, as well as his tie-in to the Marikana massacre, the clearest indication yet that the EFF has found a line of attack against the new ANC president (and presumptive state president) who has otherwise enjoyed widespread public adulation since he won the elective race at the ANC's 54th national conference in December. We don't have a Jacob Zuma we have an ANC problem.

But he had no kind of words for DA leader Mmusi Maimane who promised Ramaphosa that if he acts in the best interest of the country, the DA will cooperate with him.

"We can not be part of an illegitimate process".

Newly-elected president Cyril Ramaphosa will outline his plan to fight corruption in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday and wants his presidency to be categorised by political parties working together, despite competing allegiances. "We want to go on with renewal and focus on the things that our people have been asking us to do".

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