‘He’s off to Cape Town’

2014-05-09 00:00

FLOYD Shivambu, currently head of personnel at the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), yesterday joked that Julius Malema was already as good as a Member of Parliament in Cape Town when it became clear that the EFF was leading the ballot race in several regions.

Malema was not at the Independent Electoral Commission’s centre in Pretoria yesterday, but his fledgling party looks set to become the third biggest party after the ANC and the DA nationally.

“The members of the EFF who are on our national list will all go to the National Assembly. This includes the commander-in-chief [Malema] because he is number one on the list. He is going to Parliament.”

Shivambu said the EFF is now waiting to hear how many seats it will get based on the proportional representation formula.

Earlier the EFF said the provisional sequestration order by the South African Revenue Service for alleged tax evasion involving R16 million would not stop Malema from going to Parliament. If the order becomes permanent, it will however disqualify Malema from becoming an MP.

A source however told sister paper Beeld there is currently no law that prevents Malema from becoming an MP.

The EFF’s percentage of the vote meanwhile kept growing as the results came in yesterday.

By 9 pm last night the party had received 802 775 votes nationally. In the North West, where miners in Marikana and Rustenburg support the party, the EFF also looks set to become the official opposition.

In Limpopo, Malema’s home province, the EFF was far ahead of the DA in the race to become the official opposition.

Professor André Duvenhage, a political analyst at the North West University, said it was too early to predict how many MPs the EFF will elect.

He said if 74% percent of the registered people had voted, a party would need about 47 200 votes to seat one MP in Parliament. “I predict that they will at the end have some 19 MPs because we expect [the EFF] will get at least five percent of the national vote. This is a lot for a new party like the EFF.”

Duvenhage said the EFF could make parliamentary debates a lot more radical.

About the tax evasion charge hanging over Malema’s head, Duvenhage said if the principle of not guilty until proven guilty is upheld, nothing prevents Malema from going to Parliament.

In May, EFF spokesperson Mpho Ramakatsa had said in Pretoria. the debt owed to SARS by a trust linked to Julius Malema was not R16 million, but R4 million. “SARS ballooned this with 50% interest and 200% penalties,” he said.

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