Johannesburg - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has withdrawn its 2016 decision to vote with the Democratic Alliance (DA) at municipalities, party leader Julius Malema said on Tuesday.
Neither will the EFF support the governing African National Congress, Malema said.
"We will participate in the debates, make inputs, however, we will not vote," Malema told reporters at a briefing in Johannesburg.
The working relationship between the red berets of the EFF and the DA started after the 2016 local government polls. The two parties voted together on issues at hung councils such as Nelson Mandela Bay, the City of Johannesburg and in Tshwane. At the time, Malema said the DA was the "better devil" compared to the ANC.
"Being neutral was not an option. A revolutionary can never be neutral. We’re not in positions, there is no alliance or special committee to manage here. We are caught between the two devils and had to choose a better devil. We had to take sides, if we were wrong…this is history, let history judge us," Malema told reporters back in 2016.