EFF to get youth and women’s wing

2014-12-14 15:20

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Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has urged his party members to start a “youth command” as well as a “women’s command” in the EFF.

In a speech that was over an hour long, Malema told the almost 4 000 enthusiastic delegates at the party’s first national congress at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein that there were no proper youth and women’s parties in South Africa.

“The EFF Youth Command will move to occupy the vacuum that exists in youth politics,” Malema said in his political report.

“There is currently no youth political organisation in South Africa where young people can creatively and autonomously think and implement programmes that will ignite young people’s interests in politics and the revolution,” he said.

He said the youth command should be a “vibrant and fearless organ” of the EFF and be given the necessary autonomy to “act with the necessary youthful exuberance, and feed the EFF with the next layer of leadership”.

He said the youth command should fight for youth development and be the “torchbearers in the struggle for economic freedom”.

The youth command will have its own constitution and youth assemblies to elect leaders.

Malema also called the ANC Youth League “lap dogs” who obeyed their “masters” in the ANC.

He further said the EFF needed a women’s command because “history has proven that the most reliable and most fearless detachment in any revolution is women”.

He said: “Women are not too quick to fight for positions, they always prioritise the programmes of the organisation.

“Women are never ashamed of the organisations they belong to and will always defend the organisation wherever they are.”

He said the women’s command must also be autonomous and, in a sideways snipe at the ANC Women’s League, he said the women’s command should not just “attend court actions to celebrity offenders” but they should be at the forefront of liberation struggles.

One of the campaigns they should push for is free sanitary towels to women who cannot afford it – a programme the youth league drove under Malema’s leadership.

Malema’s speech opened the three-day national people’s assembly which will deliberate behind closed doors this afternoon.

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