The EFF might be the only real 'people's party'

2017-01-23 14:01

The EFF's latest press conference was enlightening. Some saw it as refreshing and sweet. The press conference expressed what we know about EFF: direct, pointed and in touch with what is going on in the country.

This is a political party that offers a strong critique of the current diseased politics symbolized by greedy, grasping bunch of politicians with insatiable appetites. This is a political party that does not waffle or hedges on issues but rather face them. That is what  people like about EFF.

So far with EFF. What is it, and what has it done?

EFF came to the limelight for the worthy course it undertook at the bloody scene of Marikana Massacre. And it has remained true to its course right through and through. On the eve of the bloody Marikana massacre while all politicians were freaking scared to go to the scene of blood EFF leaders in the form of Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu were on the scene.

It was the leaders of the EFF that were with the families of the fallen miners; counselling them and getting to emphatically understand what has happened.

EFF acted as government.

EFF acted as government to the fallen miners and those who survived the massacre. EFF acted as the government providing free counselling to the families of the murdered miners. EFF acted as the government coordinating a team of lawyers to offer free legal advice to the miners and the families when those in authority and power refused. EFF acted as government to the the fallen miners by giving huge sums of money to help the families of the murdered miners. EFF donated R1 million to the Marikana trust fund.

The EFF leadership was with the people of Marikana when they have been completely abandoned; they were with them while leaders who are in power and in authority did not have a clue on how to proceed, confounded and confused.

True leaders excel in the way they respond to national adversity. Great leaders separate themselves from the pack of pretenders when they stand side by side with people in their moments of greatest pains and suffering.

Compassion, Care and Love

EFF acted as government by raising the plight of people living with disability. The deputy president of the EFF held a wheel chair handover ceremony at Ratanda Old Age Home early this year. First the ceremony started with great soulful encouraging words that builds people to rise above their physically challenged condition and take their positions in the greater society. South Africans with disabilities are South Africans first and foremost. And like all South Africans they are are entitled not only full participation in our society, but also full opportunity.

Worthy work the EFF is doing in connecting and assuring people living with disabilities, thus giving them a sense of worth. All of us share a responsibility to keep building on the work EFF does.

EFF acted as government by leading the charge against racists who put a black man in a coffin. EFF acted as government of the people when it ensured that abused public money is paid back so that there is better service delivery to the people. For that they were beaten, shoved around, noses cut in parliament. And those in power were clapping their hands and laughing.

With limited resources EFF has advanced the issue of quality education for all.  EFF has went into the poorest communities and handed over high quality learning support materials.

EFF is about 4 years old now. That is a long time in politics. If they were not genuine in the great work they are doing at the grassroots by this time they would have been blown away. But what? Instead EFF is fledgling and vibrant, vital vitalizing force. It has come a long way.

These are the main reasons why people are excited about the EFF. And it continues to draw huge crowds in its marches and rallies while other old age political parties are struggling. People don’t enthusiastically leave their homes to go and listen to leaders who vacillates or hedges.They love authenticity in a speaker, not a habit of waffling and empty promises.

Peeling back everything about EFF, what you have is a political party that is rooted on the ground and concerned with the basic material conditions that make human dignity and happiness possible.

In a mission of promoting quality education in rural areas

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