Babalo Ndenze3 June 2024 | 13:11

Mabuyane on ANC's national coalition stance: We won't partner with 'ultra leftists'

Eastern Cape Premier deliberately took a jab at the uMkhonto weSizwe Party and Economic Freedom Fighters ahead of the party's national executive committee meeting.

Mabuyane on ANC's national coalition stance: We won't partner with 'ultra leftists'

An African National Congress (ANC) flag flies outside a polling station in Langa, near Cape Town, on 1 November 2021. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - The Eastern Cape African National Congress (ANC) PEC is meeting on Monday where the province's position on a national coalition will be high on the agenda.

The Eastern Cape stronghold that managed to win 62% of the provincial vote will also take stock of the province’s own regression after winning almost 70% of the vote in the previous election. 

Premier and ANC NEC member Oscar Mabuyane, meanwhile, said the party won't partner with "disruptive opportunists" when the NEC meets on Tuesday.

Mabuyane said they will head to the meeting with the intention of finding a workable coalition.

But he added that they had accepted the “setback” after losing their majority.

“The NEC is going to call us, all of us to discuss that. The only thing I can tell you is we as the ANC in the Eastern Cape, we believe in the renewal of the ANC. We accept the setback.”

But he said the party nationally won’t be partnering with what he calls opportunists and “ultra leftists” referring to the MK Party and the EFF.

“We can’t really be trapped with ultra-leftist tendencies because ultra-right and ultra-left are almost the same."

Meanwhile, one PEC member said national coalitions are not the main item on the agenda for Monday’s meeting, but they will putting forward the province’s position on who to partner with.