The EFF has achieved the result of being the third largest political party in the local government. The main political parties i.e. the ANC and the DA failed in most municipalities where they won the elections to gain outright majority. They are therefore unable to form a government
without the assistance of minority parties the biggest of whom is the EFF.
The EFF are therefore the undisputed 2016 local government elections kingmakers. There appears to be an unavoidable looming danger with regard to the present situation. How
competent is the EFF in running the affairs of the local municipality? Do they have any track
record at all. They have come to be known for among other things the careless utterances
regarding land claims and ownership. They have in the past encouraged residents to occupy every available empty space. Therein lies the danger: Are they aware of what is known as spatial
planning? If municipalities are struggling to service the current informal settlements effectively how would they be expected to cope with additional settlements that are springing up
at will. Is the EFF aware of limited resources? Every new establishment of an informal settlement adds an additional burden to the already stretched resources and that is likely to cause the municipalites to fail to meet the expectations of the residents.
When the expectations of the residents are not satisfied then are we likely to see yet another spate of violent protests with a possible loss of lives. In this regard therefore the EFF does pose a danger. They are incompetent as a political party because they lack foresight. Secondly, the nation witnessed with disbelief the chaos caused by the EFF in parliamentary sessions since the EFF gained some seats in the national assembly. It is interesting to note that many other parties differed with the ANC but the EFF were the only ones who, in order to make their view known
resorted to unparliamentary tactics.
They were very unruly and in most cases had to be expelled from the house. They demonstrated a high level of incompetence in that they were unable to raise their argument and as a result failed to influence the house. They spent most of their time outside parliament and were thus unable to effectively represent their followers. We hope what happened in the national assembly is not going to repeat itself in the chambers of the local council.