The DAILY MAVERICK’s Opinionsta Braam Hanekom recently labelled Economic Freedom Fighters as “The Malema group’s false start” and that is totally erroneous and very misguiding. Here’s why…
The EFF firstly does not revolve around Julius Malema only, a question “What is to be done?” where a special conference was held in Soweto to discuss the outcome and the plans for the economic freedom fighters and democratically everyone had a right to object the EFF to resolve contesting the election by bringing a different alternative during the conference. I don’t expect Braam Hanekom to understand and agree with us that EFF is for the majority and not minority because he was never at the conference and he only heard from outside on “what is to be done.”
Secondly, who else do we(members of EFF) want to be in the ranks of the movement if not Julius Malema, Floyd Shivamu, Fana Mokoena, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Andile Mngxitama … to name a few? This is a voluntary work and hasn’t yet started paying the cadres due to financial instability. So how can we hold an elective congress if we are a political destitute? Time and platform are the only resources needed in a movement for ‘self-appointed’ to prove themselves that they are worthy of carrying the heavy load of the expectations from the people, and we only have the platform and it needs time.
“The Malema group was welcomed by the media and the public for a primary reason, entertainment.” What a paucity Braam has on the EFF, it was welcomed by the public not because of that reason but because of the love people had for Julius Malema and how sorry they felt for him when he was outside ZANC, which we can all conclude it was a ‘relief’ rather than entertainment, those who welcomed the idea with entertainment are the opposing factors such as him, he is a ZANC member by the way.
“With no democratic structures, with no inclusion of the people on the ground, with none of the accountability mechanisms that democratic political parties provide – we can only conclude that is bogus structure” he said. Why did we hold a national assembly on ”what is to be done?” which included the people from all over South Africa, and at the end Commander-in-Chief asked a question on whether or not to contest the elections and no one objected. How is this not a democratic structure? Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was again elected by the national task team to become the spokesperson of the movement, is it also not democratically?
What a nature bamboozle Braam is in.
“…no surprise that we are already observing a failed or allegedly delayed launch, divisions and resignations from this group” he further said. We had to delay our launch because IEC hasn’t yet finalized our registration and if we did launch, our movement would have been premature, it had every right to be called a bogus party if it did launch without the approval and a certificate from IEC, like bogus college which teaches students without a certificate from South African Qualifications Authority. And the resignation of the member was no surprise to all of us, we would have been greatly astonished if it was someone who has a relevant experience from politics, Kunene is new into politics, we all foreseen his resignation. I would have also concluded that EFF won’t last if someone like Floyd Shivambu, Mpho Ramakatsa, Leigh-Ann Mathys, Lufuno Gogoro or anyone with relevant experience resigned neither terminate his membership. And Divisions in any political party is inevitable, look at COPE (Mazima Shilowa and Lekota), look at ZANC (Tokyo, Mbeki, Motlanthe, Zuma and many), in fact division is greater in ZANC than in any political party, so what Braam is trying to justify to us is very usual and lacks fundamental principle.
“if Malema had support himself, then he would launch his group in Limpopo, Seshego(Commander-in-Chief’s hometown)” he said. When Oliver Tambo, John Langalibalele Dube, Nelson Mandela and others, it was launched/introduced in Soweto, which is not Mandela’s hometown (Mvezo, Eastern Cape), which is not Oliver Tambo’s hometown (Bizana, Eastern Cape), which is also not John Langalibalele Dube’s hometown (KwaZulu-Natal) now why must Julius Malema’s case be different? So much blame for Malema rather than than the founders of the movement/party ZANC he (Braam Hanekom) is now in.
What an aslant article reflecting the image of enmity.
Long live fighters
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