The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has announced special plans to boost local economic development as part of its manifesto for the local government elections.
The plans include building factories and renting them out to local entrepreneurs at affordable rates and promoting usage of locally manufactured goods.
Party leader Julius Malema addressed thousands of supporters at his party’s manifesto launch at Soweto’s Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
Malema says they want communities to own stakes in local business chains.
“Anyone who wants to do business under the EFF municipality must give 40% to local people, otherwise that business will not receive the blessing of our municipality whether you are Pick n Pay, Boxer stores or Shoprite.”
Malema also promised that any municipalities run by his party after the August 3 local government elections, would put an end to cadre deployment practices and policies.
He says all municipal employees will be employed on the basis of their qualifications and suitability for the job and not on the basis of which political party they belong to.
He says his party’s aim is to create corruption-free municipalities centred around people’s needs, such as quality education, jobs, and basic services.
Malema says all councillors will have to be on 24-hour call.
Malema also took the opportunity to correct a matter that is in the public domain, that he is advocating violence, something that has raised the ire of the ruling party, which has laid a charge against him.
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