No mayoral candidates for EFF, we are against personality cults, says Malema

2015-09-17 16:52

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EFF leader Julius Malema says that his party will not be announcing any mayoral candidates ahead of the 2016 local government elections. 

Addressing media at the EFF headquarters in Braamfontein this afternoon, Malema fired shots at the president, the ANC Youth League, parliamentary rules and the government’s decision to disobey a court order regarding the arrest of Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir. 

Speaking for the first time about the action plan for local government elections, Malema said that they would not be announcing mayoral candidates as it was not in their “guidelines”. 

“You will see when we outline our guidelines later because we don’t want the politics of personality cults, for individuals to think they are bigger than the organisation. 

“Danny Jordaan thinks he is a magician, he will arrive at Nelson Mandela and change the political landscape. It doesn’t work like that. We don’t want to invest in individuals, we invest in the organisation as a branch and what the organisation has to offer to the people of South Africa.” 

Malema said that his party would be contesting the elections with the aim of winning and that they would be targeting all of the metros. 

“We are going to have ward candidates and [proportional representation] candidates and then if we win a municipality the EFF will then deploy one of its own as a mayoral candidate. Any councillor deployed as both a [proportional representation] and a ward councillor, that person qualifies to be a mayor. So if a person does not qualify to be a mayor it means that person does not qualify to be a councillor because a councillor is a mayor. 

“So it means you must seek the best quality and have confidence that any of the people deployed by the EFF can qualify to be a mayor.” 

He said that the EFF would also welcome people from other political parties to join their ranks but warned that they would not be given any special treatment upon arrival 

“No one will come here and join at head office. Whether you are a chief or a businessman in your village you must join your branch and work your way up the structures.”

Read more on:    eff  |  local elections  |  julius malema  |  politcs

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