EFF guns for metros

2015-07-26 06:45
EFF leader Julius Malema

EFF leader Julius Malema

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Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said the party wanted Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Durban municipalities, but he gave no clue about how it would go about securing the major metros.

He was addressing throngs of his supporters at the party’s second anniversary at the Olympia Park stadium in Rustenburg, North West.

Although he did not mention names, he did mention the criteria for councillors – those who are working hard in their communities and leading the demand for essential services and jobs will be considered. Councillor candidates must also be trustworthy and loyal to the masses.

“Councillors must reside with the people they lead. We will offer credible leaders because EFF is the only one with credible leaders.”

Malema also instructed members to occupy every ward in the country and recruit a minimum of 500 people in each one.

Malema got his supporters excited when he told them how different their lives would be if the EFF managed to unseat the ANC in some of the major metros.

If the EFF led municipalities, he said, ordinary people would get jobs, particularly the youth, and not just a select few friends of politicians.

“We must take over the municipalities because that is the only way that they will stop. They continue to be arrogant because you continue to vote for them. That arrogance can only be undermined by taking Johannesburg metro away from them,” he said.

Malema spoke with confidence, declaring that “we will contest all wards with the intention of winning all of them”.

With his voice gradually getting louder, Malema declared that they needed to put in a good show at the local government polls next year. This, he said, they needed to do for late president Nelson Mandela, who he said would not rest peacefully should the EFF fail to wrest some of the big cities from the ANC.

He cautioned, however, that those who wanted to stand as EFF candidates needed to be people who where known activists in their own communities.

He also warned potential EFF candidates to desist from demanding bribes and sex in exchange for giving people positions or fast-tracking service delivery.

Malema also appeared to rubbish metalworkers’ union Numsa’s move to form a new federation without joining forces with unions like Amcu.

He warned Numsa and Zwelinzima Vavi that they were wasting the time of workers and must join forces with others.

He did, however, believe that there is a need for a new militant and uncompromising federation that will represent workers because Cosatu has failed and was in bed with the ANC.

He said the EFF would be part of building a new socialist union and urged those who were paying subscriptions to Cosatu to cancel them.

In what was clearly an election campaign kick-start speech, Malema promised that all people would be given land for production purposes and that youth would be employed in the mines once the EFF assumed power.

The EFF is already giving government and the ruling ANC headaches around the country as some of its structures and activists continue to mobilise communities to occupy state-owned and private land illegally.

Malema told his supporters never to stop occupying the land “because all South Africans need a physical address”.

Malema said the EFF’s second anniversary celebrations had proven detractors who believed the party would die like the Congress of the People wrong.
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