EFF laughs off analyst’s comments

2014-06-20 00:00

THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) yesterday laughed off a suggestion by a prominent political analyst that the party has no future.

Speaking at a round-table discussion in Durban on Wednesday evening, Centre for the Study of Democracy director Steven Friedman said he doubted if the party could survive.

“The EFF operated in the elections as a catchment for disgruntled people. Does it have a future? I don’t think it has a future,” Friedman said.

He made the comments following recent reports about unhappiness in the party — some provincial leaders were removed from their positions.

The reports fuelled speculation that the party may be saddled with leadership squabbles similar to those of Cope.

Friedman also said the EFF was a party for the marginalised, including a section of the middle class that did not benefit from the government post-1994.

“The reason people go to the EFF is that they feel strongly that 20 years into democracy they are not taken seriously,” he said.

But, EFF KZN provincial co-ordinator Vusi Khoza reacted angrily to Friedman, saying he was not the type of political analyst to be taken seriously.

“Friedman gave us no chance when we went to the elections, but we proved him wrong. He is just a prophet of doom,” Khoza said.

He also said the people backed the EFF because the ANC-led government failed to live up to the expectations of economic freedom and land redistribution.

“I can tell you that when Cope started it had no policies. The ANC had a big hand in dismantling Cope. We are a party that has policies which the people can identify with,” Khoza said.

“There will be no squabbles over leadership …” he added.

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