Economic Freedom In Our Life Time

2014-05-15 12:21

You might not like the leadership of EFF but the Idea of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), is one of the greatest, powerful, and potent weapon that South Africans need in their lives. The Idea is powerful as it is important to South Africans because it affects every aspect of our society. Just imagine living in a society with high levels of economic freedom that will lead to higher incomes, lower poverty, and less unemployment, among other benefits. Economic freedom is the key to greater opportunities and an improved quality of life of every citizen. Economic freedom is an engine that should drive a country to prosperity.

It should be noted that South Africa is one of the most historic places in Africa. It was the scene to intellectual and cultural renaissance before colonialism desecrated this land. Like Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and several others, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) yearn to restore dignity and pride to our country, to instill the youth with the ideals of pan-African solidarity, dignity and pride. EFF is fiercely pro-people, peoples’ development and believe that poverty is unnecessary; that EFF will transform the deserts of this country into rich agricultural land. The Economic Freedom Fighters believe in eradicating poverty, it believes in the power of the people, in their pride and dignity.

EFF seeks to instill self-sufficiency, self-reliance, and the ability of South Africans to overcome adversity in the midst of Capitalist and imperialist marginalisation and abuse. It also rejects neocolonial cultural mindsets within our society. Today, South Africans lives in renewed optimism about their future, with believe that South Africa’s wealth will be generated through its citizens.

However, we must not be defocused by the attempts of the Western investors who’d want to threaten to pull out their investments in this Country, as we all know they would want to fight back through destabilisation, sabotage and cultural re-colonialisation. However, Africa today is far from the Africa of 1884, when colonial racists carved Africa like a piece of poorly baked cake. Africa today is fiercely patriotic, fully conscious of the new world environment, and willing to engage in trade and support each other. The youth of today, are fiercely pan African and patriotic will fight back.

The Economic Freedom Fighters must use patriotism to support Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance, on their call for the total liberation of Africa from Western donors and their brand of ‘poverty alleviation’. Economic Freedom Fighters should also support other African states like Kenya on their economic direction of intra-African trade and investment. The continuing war in South Sudan, the crisis in Nigeria, and the revolution in Syria, trial of African leaders at the western sponsored, western-led court in The Hague and the implied disrespect for Africans should trouble Economic Freedom Fighters immensely, and also strength their call and fight against the exploitation of Africans.

But more than that, the EFF should remain a true ambassador of the interest of South African workers, poor, youth, women and children. The Leadership of Economic Freedom Fighters are supposed to be charismatic, honest, and direct, speak the minds of the working class, the poor, youth and all those who subscribe to their vision, and not shy away under pressure from Western leaders.

These should be the attributes of this new generation of Africans. Like Steve Biko, Sankara, Sobukwe lived and spoke truth to power.

The Economic Freedom Fighters should build a solid foundation of a united, non-racial, non-sexist, firm and powerful Economic Movement with a vision aligned with African Union vision of 2063, and that movement should build a South Africa that will not be the same that we see today. It will be a rich, independent continent full of optimistic people, united, and ready to defend its resources. That is the Africa that we should envision. It is the Africa that we must strive for. We must celebrate this amazing African, but more than that, the youth of today should embody the aspirations, ideological orientation, truthfulness and be the Africans that Steve Biko, Sobukwe, Tambo, Nkrumah, Nyerere and Sankara believed in.

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