The danger of the EFF
The dangers of the EFF
It is astonishing, sitting here only a few days before the election, that we see Julius Malema positioned as one of the leading opposition candidates of this country. It is even more mind boggling that he could end up as the leader of the official opposition. When speaking to people, I have found that everyone has their opinions on Malema, however it is also clear to me that few actually realize the dangers of the EFF and the implications that their rise could have for our country.
The EFF is an organization hell bent on turning South Africa into New Zimbabwe. They want this because they would then stand to gain from the exploitation of our resources, while pretending all the time to have the wellbeing of the poor in mind. They want to become the new Zanu-PF. But what is the relationship between the Zanu-PF and the EFF?
When Malema was still the president of the youth league, he was already being brainwashed by the Zanu-PF. On the 14th November 2011, The Sowetan reported that Malema was going to ask Robert Mugabe for money to fund some of the Youth Leagues programs. Prior to this, Malema had already made many trips to Zimbabwe. Whether the money came is unclear, but I doubt it would have come without terms.
In 2012, Malema heaped praise on Zimbabwe, stating that “Zimbabwe is an inspiration to Africa”. While Malema was fighting his internal battles within the ANC, his relationship with ZANU-PF was getting stronger all the time, as was his admiration. It is very clear where the influence was coming from.
We then saw his fall from grace inside the ANC , and him becoming “bankrupt”. But then, how does a bankrupt person overnight start a political party from scratch, return to his former lavish lifestyle and run a comprehensive campaign just in time for the elections ? Was he ever really bankrupt ? It is my belief that Malema is being bankrolled by the ZANU-PF. Having exhausted their country of its wealth, they have now turned their attention down south, and they have found the perfect ambassador for their political ideology.
If Malema wins even a single seat on May 7th , we will basically have a representative of the ZANU-PF sitting inside our parliament. Think about THAT for a second. If that does not worry you, then I don’t know what will. However , it seems that Malema and his promises have generated big support amongst the youth and the poor. We see pro-EFF “activists” championing the cause here on News24, and they show no indication of making the link between Malema and ZANU-PF. It is extremely disappointing.
It is disappointing that our youth are too naïve to see Malema for what he really is. It is disappointing that our people are too attracted to the promise of easy riches to realize the great danger that the current political situation reflects. I also believe that companies like BMW have seen the writing on the wall and hence the cancelling of new investment into our country. Perhaps they are waiting to see just how strong this movement will grow ?
I’m not telling people who to vote for – but, after talking to people and seeing the support for the EFF, I am asking people to wake up and see what happened to our neighbour, and consider this very carefully before we make a great mistake and there’s no turning back. I had hoped that the tragedy in Zimbabwe would at least teach Africa not to repeat those mistakes. What I have seen in recent months does not bear this. If you are not happy with the ANC , then there are plenty of other sane choices to make.
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