EFF runs out of red berets

2013-11-17 15:39
(Picture: AFP)

(Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - Stocks of red berets have started running out and elsewhere, they are being snatched off the heads of members as support swells for Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

Barely a month after the party’s official launch at Marikana in North West, the “Berets”, as EFF members are known, are making their presence felt, City Press reports. 

They can be seen wearing their red berets on street corners, in public places, hangout spots and even at funerals where they go to recruit new members.

The party is still crunching numbers but financial services group, Nomura South Africa, last month predicted the EFF would get 4% of next year’s vote [16 parliamentary seats].

The DA’s current polls on the EFF’s chances predict 7% of the vote, said a DA insider.

Many EFF supporters are disgruntled ANC members. There are so many of them that some ANC insiders describe the EFF as an “internal ANC rebellion”.

The EFF has supported many recent community and service delivery protests in places like Mooiplaas in Gauteng, Khayelitsha in Cape Town and Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape.

ANC leaders are privately concerned that the EFF will hollow out the ANC from within. Former ANC members who are joining the EFF are not giving up their membership, said EFF North West provincial convenor Alfred Mutsi.

“The ANC’s constitution is clear, if you join another organisation, you are out of the ANC. The reason why many of the ANC’s branch meetings aren’t quorating is because our names are still on the lists."

Limpopo provincial convenor Michael Mathebe has admitted that support is not yet as strong in Malema’s home region, Capricorn, as they would like it to be.

It has about 3 300 out of Limpopo’s 20 000 signed-up members.

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