EFF expects manifesto rally to be incident-free
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 03:50:00
The EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says they expect their local elections manifesto launch rally to be held at the Orlando stadium in Soweto on Saturday, to be incident-free.
The party says preparations have been completed for the rally. The party will be contesting municipal elections for the first time.
Party leader Julius Malema will deliver the keynote address at the event. Ndlozi says the party will defend itself if any incidents arise.
“We don’t expect any disruptions except if you are a citizen bringing underground disruptors, they will be dealt with appropriately. We will defend our freedom of assembly, it’s a constitutional right. First we tell the police and if they don’t do anything, we defend our freedom of assembly with everything we have.”
Ndlozi says they will not be singing the national anthem at the event but rather Nkosi Sikelela as composed by Enoch Sontonga.
“The national anthem has something called Die Stem which we don’t want to sing and we reject it and it must fall because it’s a war song. It was an official song of a murderous and racist anti-black regime, both apartheid and colonial. We reject it, we don’t sing that song.”
Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says the EFF faces a mammoth task of conducting a successful election campaign.
The upcoming elections are expected to be a real test for the EFF. Mathekga says the EFF still has a few internal hurdles to overcome
“They don’t have any tested campaign machinery; local government elections are very technical by nature. They involve also even selection of councillors which is a very elaborate effort where there are conflicts amongst those candidate councillors and I also think that local government elections are very expensive, you need to put up more cash so that you can activate voters at that level.”
Coverage for the EFF manifesto launch will be provided on SABC 2 and can be streamed from https://www.youtube.com/user/sabcdigitalnews/videos?shelf_id=22&view=0&sort=dd
– By SABC