The leader of the Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane, says he is not scared of the empty treats made by the EFF and Julius Malema to pressure his party to strip Helen Zille of her position as premier of the Western Cape.

Maimane’s spokesperson, Graham Charters, said the party was not going to make any efforts to mediate between Maimane and the EFF’s leader, Julius Malema.

“If the EFF has an issue with the DA leader, then they must do so in the appropriate forum, not on the pages of newspapers. It is not Maimane’s job to do so,” he said.

Julius Malema warned the DA that if it did not remove Zille, his party would remove the DA from power in the three metros it currently controls.

The DA leader responded by saying that the DA was a party of “due process” and that it would await the outcome of a disciplinary hearing before a decision on any further action was taken.

EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee said the DA’s refusal to fire Zille meant there was no difference between the party and the ANC, which “chooses Zuma over the country”.

He added that the party could not be blamed if power goes back to the ANC as they continued to play their role as opposition. “The voters know who they voted for,” Gardee said.