David Makhura: EFF will be like Cope – but exciting

2014-04-10 15:00

ANC Gauteng secretary David Makhura says the Economic Freedom Fighters will “fizzle” out like the Congress of the People did, but he admits it will be exciting to have them in the legislature.

Speaking at the launch of the ANC’s new Gauteng website – www.iamanc.co.za – last night, Makhura said: “My prediction is that the EFF will be like the Cope factor.”

He said it would be like “chewing gum” – people will get tired of it.

Cope was started following unhappiness in the ANC about the ousting of former president Thabo Mbeki. But while the party got about 1 million votes in 2009 when it was started, polls predict that the ailing party will get only a fraction of that in the May elections.

Makhura said he heard the exciting thing about EFF leader Julius Malema – for the media – was that you never knew what he was going to say. “We think the EFF will be exciting in the legislature when you don’t know what they will say.”

Makhura also took the opportunity to criticise the DA, saying it had started the campaign too early and had run out of steam. “They are milking dead cows like Nkandla and e-tolls,” he said, adding that those issues were important for the ANC as well, but that the governing party was in a position to actually do something about these.

Makhura added that the process following the Public Protector’s report on the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home should run its course.

The ANC in Gauteng was using new canvassing tactics, Makhura said, and would be canvassing voters by phone for the first time.

“If you get a call from someone calling themselves ANC, it is the ANC. We are doing telecanvassing for the first time,” he said.

Makhura also said all of the ANC’s public representatives would be forced to be active on Twitter and create a Facebook page and interact with people on it.

He said tweeting was important to him. “Tweeting is my religion. If I don’t tweet, it is like someone who hasn’t been to church for a long time,” he said.

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