RETURN
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)

PARTY PROFILE
Former African National Congress (ANC) Youth League president Julius Malema launched his "protest" movement, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Constitutional Hill on July 11, 2013. At the time of its much-taunted launch, Malema said the EFF was different compared to other breakaway political parties (from the ANC) as it had "a different plan".
According to Malema, the organisation would boast an "anti-capitalist" and "anti-imperialist" ideology, striving for "non-racialism and non-sexism". At the launch, Malema also warned South Africans to prepare for the sacrifices that would come with the EFF's envisaged revolution where South Africans would be "forced to share".
An EFF media statement further read: "The EFF will be the vanguard of community and workers' struggles and will always be on the side of the people. EFF will with determination and consistency, associate with the protest movement in South Africa, and will also join in struggles that defy unjust laws. EFF also embrace the radical (not the neo-liberal) interpretation of the Freedom Charter, which says South Africa should belong to all who live in it through equal distribution of South Africa's wealth and heritage".
The EFF staged a National Assembly in Soweto to establish "what is to be done" on 26 and 27 July 2013. A National Policy Dialogue preceded this event on 19 July 2013.
On October 27, 2011, Malema led a "march for economic freedom" from Johannesburg to Pretoria. About 5000 protesters stopped at the Chamber of Mines and Johannesburg Stock Exchange on their way to Pretoria, demanding nationalisation of the mining and banking sectors. The marchers' final stop was the Union Buildings, where a memorandum of demands for widespread changes to the economy was handed over. While the march was hailed by the youth league as a success that struck a blow against capitalism, it was widely regarded as little more than a public relations exercise reinforcing Malema's support.

PARTY LEADERSHIP
The EFF is led by Julius Malema.

Malema came into the public eye when he was elected as African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) President in April 2008.

In April 2012 Malema was expelled from the ANC after a protracted disciplinary process. It was widely believed that his dismissal from the party was to be raised at the ANC's national congress in Mangaung (December 2012). In September 2012 Malema was charged with money laundering, relating to his awarding of lucrative government contracts in Limpopo in return for an alleged 4 million rand in kickbacks. After a hearing at the court in Polokwane, he was granted bail of 10,000 rand.

Malema also faced charges of tax evasion in the amount of R16-million after it was revealed that he was linked to companies that obtained other lucrative contracts from the Limpopo government.

In June 2013 Malema started campaigning for his political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters.

Floyd Shivambu is Deputy President of the EFF. Advocate Dali Mpofu is the Chairperson and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is national spokesperson.

ELECTION BACKGROUND
The EFF is currently the third-largest party in both houses of the South African parliament, receiving 1,169,259 votes and a 6.35% share of the vote in the 2014 general election.

The party currently has 25 seats in parliament.

2016 will be the first time the EFF contests a Local Government election.

2016 ELECTION MANIFESTO
The EFF launched its 2016 Local Government Elections (LGE) manifesto on 30 April 2016 at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto under the theme: “OUR LAST HOPE FOR JOBS AND SERVICE DELIVERY”

Core values:
Building Local State Capacity with the Aim of abolishing Tenders.
Creating sustainable jobs for residents of the Municipality.
Provision of quality basic services such water, sanitation, healthcare, electricity and clean communities for all.
Providing a conducive and accessible environment for education, skills and training.
Building and maintaining quality and safe infrastructure for all through labour absorptive and efficient methods.
Stimulating local economic activity and participation through localisation of economic activities.
Guaranteeing safety and security for all.
The EFF undertakes that it will:
Build people-centred, corrupt-free and accessible municipalities and councillors by:
ensuring that a minimum of 50% of basic goods, services and products consumed in the Municipality are manufactured, processed or assembled within the Municipality;
having services and operational centres open 6 days per week;
destroying apartheid symbols and renaming as an effort for decolonisation;
And making sure councillors reside where they are elected.
Allocate stands to people for free.
Provide land to avoid the re-use of graves.
Maintain existing Municipality-owned companies and create others for the efficient delivery of services to the people.

Create jobs through direct service delivery through gradual abolition of tenders.

Illegalise all forms of dispossessing street traders’ goods as a means of enforcing municipal by-laws.

Build spacious quality houses with divided rooms and a minimum of two bedrooms.
Ensure that all wards have safe, clean and well-resourced early childhood development centres.
Establish bursary funds for deserving students.
Provide free electricity to the indigent, as well as indigent senior citizens.
Ensure that all homes have a direct supply of water in the form of pipes and boreholes.
Replace illegal dumping sites with bins and containers.
Ensure that all major access roads to towns, townships and villages are tarred.
Construct and maintain public libraries, computer labs and laboratories with access to free Wi-Fi.
Install CCTV cameras in crime hotspots.
Build municipalities that are capable instruments for service delivery and vehicles for economic transformation.
Report on a monthly basis of their plans and programmes to create jobs and provide services to the people.
Oblige councillors to hold at least one community meeting per month.

EFFManifesto2016 (PDF)

Party List


SABC © 2016