Juju looks for members

2013-06-12 00:00

JULIUS Malema announced by e-mail yesterday that he is looking for members and investors to start the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) forum with the aim of growing the platform into a political party.

In an earlier interview with the Star newspaper, the expelled ANC Youth League leader said the envisaged forum would fight for social justice rather than reconciliation and resume an “onslaught against white male monopoly capital”.

Malema was reportedly consulting his supporters with a view to establishing a movement that would “restore the dignity of blacks”, and reduce inequality between rich and poor.

Yesterday, Malema did not want to divulge any details about his plans, but he did send an e-mail listing 15 reasons why the ANC and its Youth League, Cosatu, and the SACP did not have the answer for South Africa.

Malema predicted that the ANC’s integrity and credibility would continue to fall, independent unions like Amcu would grow, the poor would lose interest in politics, the middle class would drift further away from the ANC and South Africa would become a kleptocracy (a government ruled by thieves as opposed to a democracy).

The EFF wants: to expropriate land without compensation; to implement nationalisation; to do away with tenders; free education, health, housing and sanitation; job creation; and a responsible government.

The EFF also wants to move the focus from reconciliation to justice.

Malema told the Star his party would force the beneficiaries of apartheid to be remorseful “and behave in a manner that says they regret their conduct”.

In his e-mail, Malema asked interested parties to contact him through social platforms or by e-mail. He also asked for suggestions to raise funds, as the EFF has no money.

Malema’s home in Sandton was auctioned last month to recover part of the R16 million that he owes to the South African Revenue Service.

His farm in Limpopo was sold for R2,5 million on Monday, after his Mercedes-Benz Viano and household items had already been auctioned for a paltry sum. Malema also faces charges of money laundering, racketeering and assault.

Theo Venter, a political analyst at the North West University, said Malema’s plans for a political party should not be underrated, irrespective of his personal problems.

Venter said President Jacob Zuma had also been this deep in financial and legal trouble, and he still became president of South Africa.

Venter said with the support Malema enjoys in Limpopo, he could get enough votes to go all the way to Parliament.

He added that Malema knew enough about Zuma’s affairs to make life very uncomfortable for the president.

Venter said: “The main question is who will sponsor him.”

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