The Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+) has lodged a formal complaint against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) led by Julius Malema with the Independent Electoral Commission.
In a statement by the Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+) said the Economic Freedom Fighters promoted "hate speech, a policy based on racism and an economic policy of nationalisation" which was in contradiction with the "spirit of the South African Constitution".
Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+) chairperson Pieter Groenewald said: "The EFF propagates the nationalisation of land, mines, banks and other assets without compensation and in particular on a racial basis. It is unconstitutional."
Basically the Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+) calling for the banning of the Economic Freedom Fighters as a political movement of the people. History is repeating itself as back in the 1960s the PAC and ANC suffered under the former apartheid government which banned such political formations. This is reminiscent of the imperial- colonial-apartheid political opposition which was against all democratic African liberation movements. The then nationalist government said 'block all terrorist movements', jail, torture and kill the leaders behind these formations, Sobukwe, Mandela, Biko etc suffered at the hands of the oppressors. The Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+) now is scared of Julius Malema and said EFF leader had "not shown remorse" after he was found guilty of inciting violence and hate speech for the controversial song Shoot the Boer in 2011. They win their days in the courts against historic popular war-songs of the ANC. The Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+) believes that Julius Malema would "continue with his unconstitutional actions and that he will abuse his party as a vehicle for similar discriminating actions and policy directions". The Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+) is obsessed with an individual. The Economic Freedom Fighters and Julius Malema are two separate entities.
A further request was also directed to the IEC in which the Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+) objects to the English abbreviations of the name of the EFF, as it could lead to confusion amongst the public. Mr. Groenewald said the VF Plus has already experienced that there is confusion on amongst others, social media networks. This is a blatant lie!! The VF+ has a facebook page called Vryheidsfront Plus / Freedom Front Plus with a mere 11 600 “likes/followers” and EFF has a facebook page called Economic Freedom Fighters with almost 50 000 “likes/followers.” How could anyone possibly confuse the two pages?
Turning to Twitter the Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+) has a twitter account @VFplus with the biography: “Welkom aan almal op ons blad. Kom sluit aan en raak betrokke by 'n dinamiese groep mense wat meedoënloos opstaan vir vryheid, regte, taal, kultuur en tradisies!”
On the other hand the EFF has a twitter account @EconFreedomZA with the biography: “The official platform for Economic Freedom Fighters to champion radical economic policies in South Africa. It's for Fearless Fighters.”
These two parties stand on opposite sides of the spectrum. Does the VF+ honestly think voters are that stupid to confuse the two parties?
Again the Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+) thinks it has monopoly over letters of the alphabet. We have parties like IFP vs NFP, PAC vs APC and there is no confusion to the voter. So there would be no confusion between VF+/FF+ and EFF.
What the Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+) conveniently forgets is that lobby groups such as AfriForum, AWB, Solidarity etc represent minority interest and those formations have not been banned. Those unashamedly proud heirs of colonial-apartheid have formed a host of active institutions throughout the country. The Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+) objects to the registration of EFF as a political party but are very content for places like Orania and Kleinfontein to exist within the borders of SA which continue with racial polarisation and segregation of South African citizens. Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+) is a de facto white Afrikaner party established solely to protect white Afrikaner minority interest. Even their website (http://www.vfplus.org.za/) with everything written in Afrikaans screams RACISM.
What the Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+) is proposing from the IEC is laughable and farcical. This is not the apartheid era where organisations can be banned. Any organisation's ideology or views must be destroyed through the ballot box, not arbitrary decisions of the courts.
The colonial-apartheid Caucasian Boers (white minorities and their paid up minions) thoroughly exploit a perceived loophole in the constitution, that of “minority rights”. They have openly declared their war against everything black African, claiming their “democratic rights to defend minority rights” and fighting these wars in the name of the “Constitution.”
The Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+) claims that EFF policies are unconstitutional, but that is the whole point of forming political formations to challenge the status quo. If the people of South Africa give EFF the mandate to change the Constitution we should let it is be. A (2/3) majority is needed to change the Constitution and EFF should be tested at the polls. By barring EFF from registration as a political organisation to contest election, the Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+) is effectively denying voters their Constitutional right to decide for themselves if they agree with EFF policy proposals or not. The Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+) is threatened by EFF ideologies and wants to criminalise thought. The Constitution is not a rigid document, society changes and the Constitution needs to change with it.
We cannot allow black Africans to remain kept as ‘hewers of wood’ and ‘carriers of water’ with a dysfunctional democracy, no access to their land and the economy. If the Constitution is a stumbling block to achieve economic freedom in our lifetime, we should amend it.
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