By BO Staff Writer
The media has been quiet about how their darling London-controlled Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of Julius Malema has lost a shocking 3% of the vote in an important by-election in Johannesburg recently.
Ward 124 was won by the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC). The EFF share of the vote dropped from 11.99% in 2016 to 9.4% in 2017. That’s a whopping 3% fall! This shows voters are rejecting Malema and his party.
The drop in the voter support is not isolated but consistent with a new survey released last week by Ipsos which shows that the EFF’s national share of the vote has dropped to 5%.
The shocking thing for the EFF is that Johannesburg is one of it’s biggest voter support bases and therefore a sharp drop even in one ward under the current favourable conditions doesn’t bode well for the party which is over praised by the white-owned media.
The drop in voter support by EFF explains a few things. Firstly, the EFF’s rejection of a call for an early election. EFF is scared of an early election because it’s likely to drop from the 6.3% it got in the 2014 national election.
Secondly, this fear for the vote explains why EFF is holding on to the abusive and racism-driving marriage to the Democratic Alliance (DA).
This realisation that the EFF is losing the popular vote is also what explains its obsession with the courts. EFF, like DA, believes it can use the court to get what it can’t get from an open political contest. This is abuse of the judiciary which often is a willing partner with the opposition parties.