Juju’s district not an EFF stronghold

2013-11-17 06:00

The membership of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is growing in Limpopo, but leader Julius Malema’s home district has emerged as a low performer.

The party said Limpopo was leading other provinces in terms of membership recruitment figures but expressed some disappointment that Malema’s region, Capricorn, was not “doing too well as it had been expected”.

The party convenor in Limpopo, Michael Mathebe, said Limpopo had surpassed its target of 20 000 signed-up members by the end of October. It was now at 23 000 members and counting.

Mathebe said the Sekhukhune region was leading with 8 000 members, followed by Vhembe – the ANC’s biggest region in Limpopo – with 5 000 newly signed-up EFF members.

He said Malema’s home region, Capricorn, which was expected to be the EFF’s stronghold, was standing at 3 300 members.

“Overall we’re happy with the progress made so far in Limpopo and we continue to make inroads across the province. We’re [growing] at a fast rate and we’ll continue to do so,” Mathebe said.

He said they would invest more time in areas such as Capricorn, which covers Polokwane and Seshego, Malema’s township.

Mathebe said their approach was mainly door-to-door campaigns as well as setting up stalls at shopping malls. He said there were “people who were not happy with us” during the door-to-door campaign but said “we’ve never been chased away”.

His comment follows an incident in which a man asked the ANC entourage, led by the party’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, to leave as they were entering a home down the street from Malema’s home in Seshego, Zone 1, last weekend.

Since its formation, the EFF has supported protests across the country and Limpopo said it would soon lead its own marches.

The former ANC Youth League regional leader who recently joined EFF, Jossie Buthane, said his party would, after Malema’s court trial, embark on a march in Seshego against high water and electricity rates as well as inaccurate billing.

He said they would also have another march against water shortages in the Lepelle-Nkumpi municipal area.

» In City Press newspaper today, we assess the EFF’s strength and strategy ahead of next year’s general election

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