EFF eying eThekwini municipality

2016-05-16 18:59
(Jenna Etheridge, News24)

(Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Durban – The EFF wants to exploit the ANC’s infighting in eThekwini to take over the municipality, the party said on Monday.

“In eThekwini there is an ANC of eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo and an ANC of regional chairperson Zandile Gumede, all branches are divided and they won’t vote for each other, so while they are busy fighting, we will take over eThekwini,” deputy president Floyd Shivambu said.

He was speaking at a meeting with councillor candidates and branch members. If they were elected councillors in the August 3 local government elections, they should not think of themselves as “mini-gods”, but as servants of the people, he warned.

At the centre of the infighting was control over a budget of more than R40bn, which he said was disappearing because of corruption.

He encouraged people not to vote for the DA, a party of “white privilege”.

“We must reclaim that space in eThekwini. No vote should go to the DA from townships, informal settlements, villages and the city centre.”

He boasted that all the EFF’s councillor candidates had been democratically elected, without anybody being beaten up or killed at meetings. The party had nominated 4 000 councillors countrywide.

The party intended to reclaim land, and expropriate unused land, without compensation. Those who felt they had been dispossessed of land could take the party to court.

“We will take the land and give it to our people. We will use it for proper burial sites. In the townships, graves are being reused and the dignity of Africans is being undermined. Three people are buried in one grave. You struggle to get land while you are alive and when you are dead.”

Shivambu said no white person was the rightful owner of land in South Africa.

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