Optimistic EFF launched and ready for 2014

2013-07-28 14:00

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There’s a new kid on South Africa’s political block, and its name is the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

Delegates to its national assembly at Uncle Tom’s Hall in Soweto yesterday took the decision, unopposed, to register the EFF as a political party.

Registration at the Independent Electoral Commission offices is planned for tomorrow, to enable the EFF to contest the 2014 general election.

About 2?000 delegates from all nine provinces recommended the move in their respective commissions and reports submitted to the assembly.

EFF commander in chief Julius Malema – who sat next to confidantes Kenny Kunene, national coordinator Mpho Ramakatsa, actor Fana Mokoena and former ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu – took to the podium and asked delegates who opposed the decision to raise their hands. None did.

“I then officially declare EFF a new political organisation that will contest the 2014 general election,” he said.

Delegates broke into slogans that ridiculed President Jacob Zuma and praised Malema. Kunene announced that the EFF had more than 30?000 members and would grow its membership and constituencies by leaps and bounds.

“The birth of the EFF will force the ANC to form a coalition with the DA because these are the parties that support white monopoly capital,” he said.

The two-day assembly, which was scheduled to start at 6pm on Friday, got going five hours later with Malema taking a swipe at a number of politicians.

“President Zuma, Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa and national police commissioner (General) Riah Phiyega killed miners in Marikana who were fighting for a monthly salary of R12?500 a month.  They now establish a commission to investigate who killed the miners, whereas they know who killed those miners,” he said.

Malema also left delegates in stitches when he ridiculed SA Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande. “Blade is complaining that we stole his colours. He does not have a copyright on the red colour.

There is nothing we can steal from him because he has nothing but that skuurpot (pot scourer) face of his. Why didn’t he complain when Vodacom went red?” he asked.

Malema said that, if voted into power, the EFF would scrap the tender system and force government officials to use public hospitals and take their children to public schools.

He also said that it would do away with car and housing allowances given to Cabinet ministers.

He said the EFF would do away with borders, nationalise mines and banks, expropriate land without compensation and establish a government-owned bank to give bonds to South Africans at the lowest interest rates.

And he promised that all EFF councillors would have agricultural projects in their communities, which would employ at least 100 people.

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