Namibia EFF just imitating Malema - Swapo

2014-06-27 14:35
EFF leader Julius Malema (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

EFF leader Julius Malema (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Cape Town – The ruling Namibian Swapo party has reportedly described the country’s soon- to-be-launched NEFF opposition party as a hopeless bunch of disgruntled individuals who are imitating Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

The Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) movement was introduced to the public early this week, with its leader Epafras Mukwiilongo saying the party was a "radical left" political, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movement.

Mukwiilongo accused the Swapo-led government of conforming to "capitalist interest" at the expense of citizens.

But, according to the New Era, Swapo rubbished the accusations as an election ploy.

Swapo’s Secretary General Nangolo Mbumba said the new kids on the block were only trying to imitate their South African counterparts.

Publicity and sympathy

Mbumba said the allegations made against the ruling party were designed to solicit publicity and sympathy from the electorate.

Analysts also expressed doubt on the success of the NEFF, saying the movement would not shake the Namibian political scene.

Malema's EFF won 25 seats in Parliament in May elections. The party's policies include nationalisation of mines and banks as well as the seizure of white-owned land without compensation.

Meanwhile, in another New Era report, the EFF has denied any links with the NEFF. EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was quoted as saying the NEFF movement was not an EFF project.

Ndlozi said however that his party leadership was pleased that the party's appeal had spiralled beyond South Africa and hoped it could spill into the rest of the continent.

Read more on:    neff  |  eff  |  swapo  |  julius malema  |  mbuyiseni ndlozi  |  namibia  |  sa  |  southern africa  |  politics
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