Election battle of the best “red beret”

2014-01-11 21:14

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is the most radical, organised movement since the dawn of democracy and calls for re-distributive mechanisms in the economy and a change in how governance is administered. It draws from the philosophies of Thomas Sankara and Steve Bantu Biko, as well as other key black consciousness revolutionaries around the world, like Malcolm X. The red beret to the EFF is more than just a fashion statement but it symbolises the blood that was spilled under the apartheid government during the Sharpeville massacre and more recently, the Marikana massacre by the black ANC government.The military style red berets of the EFF are intended to convey revolutionary zeal and discipline, and are a tribute to the likes of Che Guevara, Fidel Castro and Thomas Sankara, with the added bonus of party members being easy to spot in a crowd. The red berets bearing the logo of new political party, the EFF, has become a must-have fashion accessory for some political parties here in South Africa. The EFF only celebrated 200 days of being registered as a political party with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) but political parties who have been in existence for years including the African National Congress (ANC) which is 102 years old are following behind the EFF’s footsteps.

It has become clear that political parties in South Africa have no clue or even understand why the Economic Freedom Fighters choose to wear the red beret. Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Helen Zille wore her blue beret at a DA rally that took place at Westridge Gardens Amphitheatre last year, and mocked the EFF by claiming: “No political party will be taken seriously without one.”Some rip-offs from the DA Youth are also doing the "red beret" in blue, with their name and logo on it.The Congress of the People (COPE) could not be left behind and have also joined the "red beret" brigade; and has created its own black beret bearing a COPE logo. COPE jumping on the beret bandwagon, is another effort to undermine the EFF and its only a matter of time until all of this backfires on them.During this past week the African National Congress (ANC) has shown that it is devoid of ideas to excite voters and is now copying the EFF by distributing over 50 000 red berets to its members. The ANC is seemingly worried about the upstart party’s popularity among young voters that the EFF enjoys; the ANC has started dishing its own red berets emblazoned with its party logo – an attempt to “to confuse the enemy,” as the ANC members say. EFF is a serious political threat to the hegemony of ANC under President Jacob Zuma. ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said the ANC did not mind people wearing red berets. Everyone in South Africa knows that a red beret is synonymous with the EFF and not with the ANC as their colours are black, green and gold. The ANC is doing free marketing for the EFF and increasing its presence across the country in the upcoming elections.I believe political parties like the DA, COPE and ANC are fast running out of ideas and strategies, it won't be long before their leaders regret this diabolical decision to imitate EFF with their signature berets.

I wish that political parties would come up with their ideas to excite and entice voters. Parties like the DA do not know that to the EFF, the red colour symbolised the bloodshed during the war waged against capitalists and imperialists who killed black Africans when they came to steal our land and mineral resources. As revolutionaries,  the EFF is committed to the continuation of waging war against imperialists and their henchmen who continue to terrorise black Africans. It is time to write a new narrative of the African; one that is written by the African for the African child. The EFF is doing just that. These political parties like the DA, COPE and ANC are secretly in love with the EFF,  it’s only a matter of time until they start printing T-shirts bearing the logo of the EFF and face of Commander in Chief, Julius Malema so that they may appeal to voters in South Africa during these upcoming elections.Follow me on  Twitter.

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