EFF: A government in waiting

2015-11-26 08:48

Our movement has been under attack this week from ultra-revolutionaries, accusing our delegation, which is led by our Commander-in-Chief Julius Sello Malema to the UK, of selling out.

Some are going as far as to compare it to the deputation led by John Langalibalele Dube to the Queen of Britain to beg for integration into the colonial system.

Our generation understands its historic mission that is the total liberation of the oppressed and exploited People of Afrika. We did not go to England to beg nor to ask to be co-opted into the neo-colonial framework. Amilcar Cabral warns us to always bear in mind that the people are not fighting for ideas, for the things in anyone's head. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of their children.

Now we must be able to separate idealism from pragmatism and find a common balance between the two in order to formulate new revolutionary praxis. The ultra-revolutionaries would have us believe that any form of dialogue between revolutionaries, capitalists and imperialists is a sell-out position. Our founding manifesto clearly states that the Economic Freedom Fighters are anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist nowhere does it say that we will not engage with them. The movement embraces progressive internationalism which seeks to create a new order, which will be made up of progressive forces of change that have seen that capitalism in its current form is doomed to fail.

There are progressive capitalists like the US billionaire Nick Hanauer that are advocating for minimum wages as a means to fight inequality. What the idealists are saying is that we should not lend an ear to such people. It is the poor and the marginalised that stand to suffer the most from complete disorder and anarchy of an unled revolution. Recent history has taught us the dangers of popular uprisings without clear ideological grounding and organisation. This is what has plunged the Arab world into complete anarchy and further allowed White Monopoly Capital to continue to plunder the resources of these countries without any legitimate structures in place to set up tax and exchange control provisions to curtail capital flight.

The EFF does not seek to prolong the suffering of the Black majority by choosing to burn the country to a rubble when channels of dialogue are still open. We are not meeting them on their own terms; they are meeting us on our own terms.

By going to the birth place of imperialism and capitalism is to take the message of economic freedom and decolonisation directly to the enemy to inform them that enough is enough, that we are ready to govern our own country on our own terms. It is stated in the founding manifesto that the EFF will contest political power with the view of capturing State power through democratic processes. The EFF will never be dictated by White Monopoly Capital on the way to carry out its revolutionary programme for economic freedom as set out in our 7 non-negotiable cardinal pillars and 14 complimentary pillars which are:

1. Expropriation of South Africa’s land without compensation for equal redistribution in use.

2. Nationalisation of mines, banks, and other strategic sectors of the economy, without compensation.

3. Building state and government capacity, which will lead to the abolishment of tenders.

4. Free quality education, healthcare, houses, and sanitation.

5. Massive protected industrial development to create millions of sustainable jobs, including the introduction of minimum wages in order to close the wage gap between the rich and the poor, close the apartheid wage gap and promote rapid career paths for Africans in the workplace

6. Massive development of the African economy and advocating for a move from reconciliation to justice in the entire continent.

7. Open, accountable, corrupt-free government and society without fear of victimisation by state agencies.

And the 14 complimentary pillars as set out below

1) Decentralised spatial development and building new cities.

2) Public representatives using public services.

3) Reduction of benefits for public representatives.

4) Progressive internationalism.

5) The sports, arts and culture question.

6) The gender and sexuality question.

7) The immigration question.

8) Monetary and fiscal stability.

9) Priority of energy security and the environment.

10) A focus on science and Technology.

11) Support given to research, innovation and enterprise development.

12) Making one city the administrative and legislative capital of South Africa.

13) The transformation of the criminal justice system.

14) Relationship with the Security Forces.

Julius Sello Malema is the Joshua of our time and we gave him a mandate in our inaugural National People’s Assembly to take us to Economic Freedom. The revolution is in safe hands and the Son of the People shall take us forward to the Promised Land. Azania will be FREE!

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