Life is a beach for the EFF

2014-01-05 10:00

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Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) flooded Eastern Cape beaches last month for “strategic campaigns” in which they sold berets and signed up new members.

This as party leader Julius Malema is set to campaign in the province in the next two weeks.

Other members?–including Advocate Dali Mpofu, who hails from Eastern Cape – have been hard at work ahead of his arrival.

Mpofu, who is already being punted by EFF insiders as the province’s candidate for premier, said they were building party structures to ensure that they were ready for elections.

He said: “We have been doing a lot of work here in the province since the beginning of the holidays. The people are ahead of us, they are leading us in building up structures.”

Last month, Malema addressed a group of former miners in King William’s Town.

Mpofu said they were being inundated with questions about EFF and where they could find the party in the province.

There were also inquiries about where people could lay their hands on the party’s trademark red berets.

Beaches and popular hang-outs were awash with EFF members last month, with many of the party’s young men and women wearing their red berets.

Mpofu said the party would hold a meeting this weekend to decide on a programme to follow as Malema was in demand across the country.

Mpofu said: “We might do Western Cape first and come to Eastern Cape afterwards.

It will all depend on the meeting this weekend and the availability of the commander in chief.

“But we have a lot of work to do in Eastern Cape, as is the case in other provinces.”

EFF Eastern Cape convenor Themba Ntlana vowed to reduce the ANC’s “numerical arrogance into nothing” for the upcoming elections.

He said their red berets on the province’s beaches had been selling like hot cakes during “strategic campaigns”.

“We are making some serious inroads in Eastern Cape. As much as the red berets are in demand, we are also signing up new members in high volumes.

“In fact, we have more people signing up than buying berets,” he said.

Ntlana said more than 500 people had joined the party on New Year’s Eve at the popular East London braai area of Ubuhlanti. He said the EFF was becoming increasingly visible in the province and was gaining momentum, with more than 18?000 former mine workers and their families joining the party.

“We are going back to King William’s Town with Malema to assure ex-mine workers that this is their party and this is their political home.

“The whole command team will accompany Malema on his next Eastern Cape visit,” said Ntlana.

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