EFF will realistically get more than 50% – Julius Malema

2014-04-15 15:24

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“The EFF will win more than 50% of the vote,” Julius Malema has said in response to a Twitter question about what the party “realistically” expected to achieve in the May 7 polls.

Early predictions put the party’s share of the vote at less than 10%.

Malema said the party’s success would come as a result of the Economic Freedom Fighters’ ability to fill a political “vacuum” that exists under ANC leadership.

He said the party’s registered membership stood at about 400 000 members “the last time we checked”.

It is clear from the questions he received during the session on Twitter today that education and youth unemployment are at the forefront of public concern. “We need more universities, it is true. And we need to provide quality and free education,” he said.

Malema said the EFF would reduce youth unemployment “by ensuring that our young people are given the necessary skills and opportunities and are integrated in the mainstream economy”.

The vast majority of those asking questions seemed convinced of Malema’s promises, and expressed relief that he had provided an alternative to the ANC.

Malema went on to say that the EFF was united and driven by the leadership’s “common vision of liberating our people from poverty”.

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His prescribed solutions to poverty in South Africa centred heavily around the EFF’s desire for complete nationalisation. “Land must be nationalised. The state must be the custodian of the land. Both blacks and whites must apply for the use of the land ... Nationalisation seeks to address the inequalities that exist in our society.”

Several more questions were raised on issues of housing, crime and the efficacy of the South African Police Service.

Malema promised the construction of more government housing and shutting down and removing people from inhabitable homes.

Crime in poverty-stricken areas would be countered, he said, through the development of “a SAPS that will cooperate with the people and doesn’t see our people as the enemy”.

Malema promised another question and answer session in the future, saying: “Interaction with our people remains a permanent obligation on our leadership.”

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