Johannesburg - The ANC should be worried by the EFF winning
10% of the votes in Gauteng in the general election, the EFF's Dali Mpofu said
"If I was the ANC I would be worried about that,"
Mpofu said at The New Age breakfast briefing in Johannesburg.
"We are represented in all nine provinces, all the
legislatures. To me that is priceless. We have a footprint around the
He said the Economic Freedom Fighters was the fastest
growing party in the country.
"The ANC has lost 15 seats, that's the reality. The DA
[Democratic Alliance] gained 22 seats and the EFF gained 25 seats so we are the
fastest growing party in South Africa. That trend is definitely going to
He said the African National Congress needed to learn how to
After listening to opinions from a panel of political
analysts, Mpofu said the election results should be looked at in a proper
He said the EFF could not be compared to the Congress of the
People, which came third in the 2009 election and was the new party at the
"We started off eight months ago. We didn't have any
money. And the ANC and the media blemished our leader, not like Cope," he
"The media was used against us, all sorts of
shenanigans were used - we were denied stadia, our adverts were banned, our
posters were removed... so it was clear."
Despite this, the EFF campaigned effectively and took 10% of
the votes in Gauteng.
Throughout the run-up to the elections, the ANC did not
underestimate the EFF, he said.
"The ANC did not underestimate us. They had no
illusions. Other people were rubbishing us," said Mpofu.
"They [the ANC] know we know the game. We know how to
go to the ground and how to work the ground. The ANC knows that. We are going
to show that going forward.
Before Mpofu spoke, political analyst Adam Habib said the
controversy around the Nkandla saga had played a role in the election.
"I think Nkandla hurt the ruling party. It seems to me
that the ANC paid the cost of it. If I was the ruling party, I'd be very, very
"If you lose these big cities, if you lose the middle
class, you cannot claim to be a party of modernity, you cannot claim to be a
cosmopolitan party of the 21st century."
He said the results of the elections had sent a strong
message to the ruling party.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that President Jacob
Zuma and his family unduly benefited from R246m security upgrades to his
private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, which included a swimming pool, a
cattle kraal, and an amphitheatre.
Two days before the 7 May election, Zuma attempted to
justify the upgrades by speaking publicly about the rape of his wife in 1999.
"My homestead was burned twice during violence... These
criminals came, raped my wife during the time I was still the MEC," he
said at the time.
Zuma was KwaZulu-Natal economic affairs MEC between 1994 and
He said the perpetrators were arrested, charged, and
- Voting shifts map.
- EFF results map.