Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema says they are committed to the expropriation of land without compensation, the nationalisation of mines and banks, and providing free education.
Malema is launching his party’s local government elections manifesto at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg.
Thousands of EFF members are attending the launch. Supporters, young and old, are waving placards which speak to some of the key focus area of the manifesto. These include eradication of corruption, job creation, provision of basic services and education.
Some of the supporters carried into the stadium an artificial coffin wrapped with an African National Congress flag. Hundreds of party members dressed the in the party’s traditional red colours and berets have started making their way into the stadium singing and chanting struggle slogans.
The 2016 local government elections are seen as a real test for the EFF which is contesting the local polls for the first time.
Malema says, “The EFF does not make promises, they make commitments because we don’t play with people’s emotions.”
He says their 25 MPs have shaken Parliament. “ We have converted that Parliament into a people’s Parliament….We wear overalls because Parliament is not as status but a workplace.”
Malema adds that the EFF wants to change Parliament to reflect society. “We have stopped the Nkandla corruption…We have made Parliament to respect the Public Protector and all her powers.”
Welcome to the SABC News election website where you can get the latest news and updates on the 2016 municipal elections.
The website features an election live blog reflecting election news and developments as they unfold; livestreams of election rallies and IEC events; social media streams; election TV and radio debates; maps to voting stations; extensive features and information on parties, candidates, voting procedures, municipalities; and much, much more.
In the run-up to the 2016 municipal elections, only 2011 results will be available on the website.
The 2016 live results service will become available during election week (from August 3 2016 onwards).
• For election website queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.