EFF pushing for funds with sale of berets, T-shirts

2014-03-25 00:00

The EFF are the crusaders for the poor.

That is what they claim. Their name, the Economic Freedom Fighters, tells it all.

“We do not have a good story to tell,” the party’s Gauteng premier candidate advocate Dali Mpofu told a 700-strong crowd on Sunday during a party meeting in Soweto. He referred to President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Union address, during which the head of state hammered on the 20-year-old democracy and that SA “in fact has a good news story to be told”.

Many in the crowd sported the EFF’s red colour. Outside the meeting, these clothes are sold at R120 for a beret, R80 for a cap, R80 for a T-shirt, R150 for a golf shirt and about R200 for an EFF flag which party supporters hang around their shoulders.

When sister paper Beeld enquired at the EFF head office in Braamfontein, the paper was told by the party’s merchandise section that these prices were not correct. “We do not have any control over what people on the outside sell the clothes for,” said staff members.

And what about the poor voters who cannot afford R120 for a beret?

“We do not subsidise anyone,” says “commissar” Omphile Maotwe, one of the EFF co-ordinators in Gauteng.

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