As the feud between the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Nelson Mandela Bay heats up, the African National Congress (ANC) says it doesn't want to be held to ransom by the EFF.
Professor Susan Booysen from Wits University says the ANC is realising now that it can not be a lackey of the EFF.
Speaking to Ray White on The Midday Report, Booysen says the ANC might also not want to be seen to be close to the EFF ahead of the elections.
We know there are already many backroom jokes about the EFF actually driving the engine of ANC. And the ANC does not really have a reason to find itself in that position.— Professor Susan Booysen, Political analyst
Booysen says the ANC seems to be finding its feet after the Zuma era. The ANC is coming out from a period of extreme weakness mostly linked to Jacob Zuma, she adds.
We see that the ANC is articulating more of its land policy on its own terms, not on EFF's terms. It is acting against the EFF on the land grabs. And now the latest point that there may still be cooperation, but they won't be dictated to by the EFF in Nelson Mandela Bay.— Professor Susan Booysen, Political analyst
Listen to why Professor Booysen thinks the EFF was punching above its weight in NMB: