EFF vow to ‘shake things up’ in PMB ahead of first rally

2015-05-09 08:34
EFF members (from left) Khumbulani Nene, Dumisani Shelembe and Prince Duma next to the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Church Street yesterday.

EFF members (from left) Khumbulani Nene, Dumisani Shelembe and Prince Duma next to the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Church Street yesterday. (Jonathan Burton)

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“SURELY wherever the ANC are, they are shaking. They must get ready to pack up because we are the government in waiting.”

This was the sentiment of ­regional Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leaders yesterday ahead of the party’s first major rally in Pietermaritzburg next weekend.

Over a cup of coffee with Weekend Witness, regional EFF co-ordinator Prince Duma, ­regional organiser Dumisani Shelembe, member of the EFF provincial command team Khumbulani Nene and regional chairperson Sandile Shange sat down to discuss the party’s plans for Pietermaritzburg.

Party leader Julius Malema will be in Pietermaritzburg along with other regional leaders for an anti-xenophobia rally at the Copesville Sports Grounds at 10 am on Saturday, May 17.

“We want to emphasise that the EFF is for everyone. It’s all hogwash that we favour the ­majority in this country. There’s only one race — the human race,” Nene said.

“We say no to xenophobia. This country is for all people in Africa. We also want to say that as long as we are here, Indians will not fall victim to xenophobic violence and we will protect all minorities and foreigners,” the men said on behalf of the EFF.

The party, with more than 100 followers in 43 of Umgungundlovu’s 84 wards, say they have had a positive response from the Pietermaritzburg minority groups and are expecting between 3 000 to 10 000 people at the rally.

Discussing the EFF’s plans for the city, they said they will be launching a number of campaigns to “shake up the city”.

First on the list, which expands across the country, is the establishment of a Tender Restitution Commission (TRC) which will investigate all major tenders and explore where and how the money was used.

Secondly, the EFF plans to mobilise Pietermaritzburg residents to conduct land grabs in and around the city, with emphasis on farms owned by politicians who, according to the party, could not afford to purchase them with their salaries.

The party also vowed to put a stop to alleged corruption in the city council. “How many times has the Msunduzi Municipality been under administration. The council is sleeping; they won’t be when we are there,” Nene said.

The party also plans to oppose quotas in government schools in Copesville and Edendale where, according to them, pupils from informal settlements who are the majority of pupils are forced to pay fees when their families cannot afford it

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