Mashaba, who left the DA in 2019, and EFF leader Julius Malema have pushed the DA into a minority governing position in Johannesburg and other cities in Gauteng, without a formal coalition in place. Not only have they blocked the ANC from winning in multiple municipalities, but now they are also forcing the DA to depend on their votes at municipal level or court the ANC. Yet Action SA is the greater winner compared to the EFF, in that the October elections have shown that a ceiling of less than 15% caps EFF support nationwide. Part of Action SA’s success is that it has fostered a deliberately multiracial image (despite its anti-immigration position), which has allowed it to take votes from both the ANC and the DA, and unlike the EFF, it does not come from the tainted ANC. Its performance in Johannesburg, where it captured 16% of the votes is particularly striking. Its widespread appeal is clear from the fact that it did well in the Soweto township but also champions a more conservative free market agenda. The question is how the Action SA-EFF marriage of convenience will translate at the national level for the 2024 elections. While we have little doubt that the ANC will continue to underperform on employment and infrastructure until then, the opposition needs a workable government and a marriage of convenience is no such thing. As it is, Johannesburg is still missing key officials because negotiations between Action SA and the EFF are incomplete.
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