Natasha Marrian Financial Mail deputy editor & columnist

The EFF will enter fully fledged coalitions in 2019, says leader Julius Malema. The party would ditch the loose, co-operation pacts which had helped propel the DA to power in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay and would instead opt for active participation in governance come 2019, Malema told Business Day during an interview. In 2016, the EFF contested its first local government elections and got 8.3%. It won 6.3% of the vote when it contested the 2014 general elections when the party burst onto the scene. Malema said 2019 would usher in a new era of coalition politics. The EFF will not play kingmaker, but wanted to become a partner and a "significant player" going forward. "Every coalition we form in 2019 … we are going to participate directly in it — we are going to take departments. The good thing about provincial government is that, once you are allocated departments with clearly defined coalition terms, you say to the DA, you are running your own thing, we are running...

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