Port Elizabeth – The Economic Freedom Fighters have graduated from the terrible twos as the party celebrated its third birthday on Tuesday.
And the party had a lot to celebrate, according to spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
For the first time, the party would be contesting all the wards during the upcoming local government elections on August 3.
They were celebrating the more than one million voters who had ensured the party got 31 seats in Parliament and 30 seats across the provincial legislature, Ndlozi said in a statement.
They celebrated the thousands of supporters who had marched 27km during the party’s Economic Freedom march in October 2015.
The party was also celebrating the poor, unemployed, workers, students and youth, as well as the elderly who had filled up Orlando Stadium during the party’s manifesto launch in April, Ndlozi said.
"Three years later, we celebrate the fact that we are contesting all wards from Cape Town To Musina, Upington to Ethekwini. We celebrate the branches of the EFF that have kept this movement married to our people's daily struggles for land occupation, better wages... the rise in students fees and accommodation," he said.
He called on all supporters to join in the campaign for the local government elections and increase the support base of the EFF.
This was to ensure victory in all municipalities, he said.
"In honour of this movement, in full recognition of its historic importance, we shall mobilise every peasant, worker, unemployed and poor person to vote for the EFF on 3 August 2016 in the local government elections."
The party’s third birthday will be celebrated at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Sunday, July 31, during the EFF’s Tshela Thupa Rally.
"The Tshela Thupa Rally is the closing festival of the poor, who come together each election year to consolidate the election campaign of the EFF for victory in attaining state power. We invite all people of South Africa to come and celebrate their organisation and their revolution, because the EFF is the last hope for jobs and service delivery."