EFF ‘well-received’ in KZN

2013-08-15 00:00

THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) want to usurp the ANC and will not enter into any coalition with other parties when they contest the general elections next year.

The party leaders yesterday said they were setting their eyes firmly on building their structures to be the next government.

The EFF was formed by expelled former ANC youth league leader Julius Malema. He was not present at yesterday’s event.

“We are not thinking of coalitions. It is our position that we want to see ourselves governing the country.

“We are building ourselves in order to get an outright majority,” national co-ordinator Mpho Ramakatsa said.

Ramakatsa made the statements at a press conference in Durban where the EFF introduced its leaders in KwaZulu-Natal.

His sentiments were echoed by his colleague Sipho Mbatha.

Apart from the leaders named as the “provincial command team”, other ordinary members were also wearing red berets.

Former Mkhonto Wesizwe cadre and Cope member Nhlanhla Buthelezi was also welcomed to the party.

The EFF said it had a presence in 11 regions in KZN and was identifying people to represent them in the remaining two.

Provincial convenor Reggie Ngcobo claimed the EFF’s reception in KwaZulu-Natal had been “amazing”.

“It proves that our people have longed for such a voice, a voice of reason, the EFF,” he said.

However, the EFF was denied access to a farm community in Estcourt by “hooligans wearing T-shirts with ANC logos”, Ngcobo said.

The party officials would not disclose how many members they had in the province.

“We are not going to give statistics now. Building an organisation is a process,” Ramakatsa said before explaining the process followed to form the EFF, including the release of membership forms two weeks ago and registering the party with the Independent Electoral Commission.

He said EFF hoped to adjust to KZN conditions and ultimately take control of the province.

“We are in the process of designing our manifesto and that process is to take [issue with] material conditions that exist.

“There is nothing that will stop us from campaigning even in Nkandla,” Ramakatsa said.

Ramakatsa dispelled the perception that EFF was a party of expelled ANC members.

He also denied links with Zanu-PF.

Ramakatsa accused SARS of being used by those in power to deal with their opponents.

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