EFF’s top six not standing for local govt elections
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:57:23
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says none of its top six leaders will be standing for local government elections.
The party says it has, however, included some of its current members of parliament on the lists of candidates to beef up capacity in municipal councils.
The EFF concluded its national list conference on Tuesday.
Party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says, “In terms of the top six leadership of the EFF in Parliament, they are not part of the 9 300 candidates that are contesting different wards in South Africa as PR or as councillors.”
He says, “Majority of the members of the central command team that are in Parliament will remain in Parliament, but also those that are going to councils are leaving with a wealth of confidence and experience that they will display at the local government level of politics.”
The EFF is promising to field a reputable, diverse group of councillor candidates with a 50/50 representation of women for the August 3 elections.
The local government elections will be a real test for the EFF as it contests for the first time.
June 3 is the Independent Electoral Committee’s (IEC) deadline for parties to submit their candidate lists.