EFF calls to eliminate African borders

2013-07-25 17:38

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will promote the ultimate integration of the African continent by eliminating national borders, according to its founding manifesto.

The “protest movement” led by Julius Malema said the borders between African countries were “unnecessary”, especially those between South Africa and Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

“The EFF will ... advocate for the ultimate integration of the African continent through the erosion and eventual elimination of unnecessary borders, which, in the case of South Africa will entail the Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland borders in a manner that involves and includes the participation and approval of those countries,” it said in its manifesto.

“This will also be encouraged in other parts of the African continent.”

This formed part of the EFF’s policy on “progressive internationalism”.

The EFF said it would also advocate for free trade across the continent.

On immigration, the movement committed itself to taking up the struggle of all immigrants, whether they were in South Africa legally or illegally.

It said immigrants should be guaranteed basic rights when they were in the country.

“Certain basic rights cannot be denied to any human being who is in South Africa, whether they are in possession of certain documents or not.

“Basic rights that should be guaranteed include access to health, access to education for children, protection from super-exploitation by employers, and access to burial rights in South Africa.”

The process of applying for citizenship should not be complicated.

Its founding manifesto also said all land should be transferred to state ownership.

“The state should, through its legislative capacity, transfer all land to the state, which will administer and use land for sustainable development purposes,” the EFF said in its manifesto.

“This transfer should happen without compensation, and should apply to all South Africans, black and white.”

Once the land was under state control, those currently using land or intending to use it would have to apply for a “land-use licence”.

The licence would only be granted once an application was filled out stating what the land would be used for, the EFF said.

The licence would be valid for 25 years and could be renewed based on whether the land was being used as planned.

“The state should, within this context, hold the right to withdraw the licence and reallocate the land for public purposes.”

The EFF is holding a conference in Soweto this weekend to work out its policies and manifesto.

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