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South Africa – EFF says it is the future ruling party

As deluded as his old boss – and, as the proverb says, empty vessels make the most noise. KS

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Malema: EFF is SA’s future ruling party

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and party member Dali Mpofu fired up the crowd at a gathering to celebrate the EFF’s election success.

EFF leader Julius Malema addressing the crowds at the party's final rally ahead of the 2014 elections. (Madelene Cronje, M&G)

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is South Africa’s future ruling party, Dali Mpofu told a gathering of EFF supporters on Saturday, a sentiment party leader Julius Malema later echoed.

“We are your government in waiting, we are,” Mpofu told hundreds of supporters at a post-election celebration at Innesfree Park in Sandton, Johannesburg.

The crowd shouted in response: “We are.” Those bearing photographs of Mpofu’s face held them up in the air.

“We are giving [President Jacob] Zuma five years notice that he [is to] vacate and go and live in Nkandla or go to jail,” Mpofu said.

Mpofu, wearing all red, arrived at the park at around 2.30pm and danced on stage before addressing the crowd. He said the biggest mistake the ruling ANC could make would be to relax.

“They must not relax, their days are numbered. This time we are only firing the warning shots,” he said. “In 2019, they must head out of Parliament.”

Dedication
Mpofu said the EFF’s success in the elections should be dedicated to a party member who was killed in Vosloorus on the East Rand. Thapelo Lekana (28) was reportedly shot four times outside the gate of his house at 5am on May 9.

Mpofu told the crowd that it was because of members like Lekana that the EFF did well in the election. Those attending the celebrations observed a minute of silence for him.

Mpofu addressed a cheering crown ahead of party leader Julius Malema, who arrived shortly after 3pm dressed in a navy suit and white shirt.

Suppporters formed a human shield from the park gate leading to the stage as his car pulled up, while the crowd shouted “Juju, Juju, Juju” as he walked by.

He told the gathering that the EFF would not disappoint those who voted for them in the fifth national democratic elections.

“We believe that we represent the hope of the hopeless masses of our people and we will not disappoint you,” he said. “The best of the best will represent you.”

Change and progress
Malema thanked everyone who had voted for the party. “We are very, very, very happy … that you have supported us,” he said. “Thank you very much. You are brave, you are not scared … Thank you very much for your courage.”

A woman in the crowd shouted “Thanks to you!” as people waved EFF posters and their berets in the air.

He said those who had voted for the EFF had voted for change and progress, and that the party leadership would be made to sign contracts to ensure they can be recalled if they don’t perform.

“You can recall me anytime, I will not take you to court. This position belongs to the EFF and not an individual,” he said to a cheering crowd. “If I don’t deliver, you can recall me.”

He said the party was sending people to Parliament who would use Parliament money to strengthen the party. EFF leadership should raise money to make life better for people, Malema said.

“We can’t build houses but we must try to give our people dignity before we are government,” he said. “We are not government but we must help the poor.

“We are very proud of you. We will serve you,” he said. “We are ready to die for you. Your suffering is our suffering. Your pain is our pain. Your misery is our misery.”

A better life
Malema said the EFF would not rest until they got a better life for the people of South Africa.

Malema thanked the leadership who had stood by him and said the EFF was not a branch of the ANC Youth League. He said no one should fight for positions within the party and that all leaders were equal. There are no seniors in the EFF, he said.

The party placed third in the 2014 general election, securing 6.35% of the vote with 1 169 259 votes.

Hundreds of people gathered at the park from 10am, some arriving in buses, to celebrate the results. Supporters and members gathered on the grass near the stage, wearing red shirts, overalls and the party’s trademark berets.

One 14-year-old EFF supporter sees Malema as a father figure. “Julius Malema is like a father to me,” said Jaqueline Mojela. “I want to follow in his footsteps.” She said she looked up to him and that it was a time to celebrate.

Before the speakers took the stage, Mojela was called up to address the EFF supporters and the crowd cheered when she finished talking, with many of the adults running to hug her. “I love this girl with all my heart,” said one woman. – Sapa  M&G

South Africa – Malema says he has confidence in EFF candidates

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Malema confident over EFF candidates’ chances

17 Mar 2014

EFF leader Julius Malema says he is confident about the list of candidates the party has submitted to the IEC.

EFF leader Julius Malema. (Madelene Cronje, M&G)
EFF leader Julius Malema. (Madelene Cronje, M&G)

EFF leader Julius Malema is confident about the list of candidates the party has submitted to the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), he said on Monday.

“There won’t be a province where we won’t be in charge,” Malema told reporters in Johannesburg.

“The leadership we have today will have the capacity to address the issues of the people. “There is no chair that we are not contesting this year.  It is only us and the ANC that has 830 candidates listed,” he said.

Some of the listed candidates were members of other political parties that would not be contesting the elections independently, he said.

Those parties included the Socialist Party of Azania (Sopa) and the Black Consciousness Party (BCP).

A Democratic Alliance (DA) Limpopo MPL Meisie Kennedy was also among the Economic Freedom Fighters’ candidates.

“The South African Constitution embraces freedom of movement. When [I] met Malema it felt like the perfect fit. Like a hand in a glove,” she said.

‘Remedy’ “I saw the EFF as a remedy for our people to be taken out of poverty. I am concerned [about] our people,” she said.

“If the DA is unhappy with that, they must fire her,” Malema said.

Members of the Sopa and BCP present at the announcement of the listed candidates said they aligned with the EFF because they had common ideologies and the party’s struggle for land redistribution and economic freedom resonated with their own parties’ vision.

Malema, along with lawyer Dali Mpofu and Shivambu, handed over the party’s candidate lists last Wednesday.

Malema is the party’s presidential candidate, while Shivambu is number four on the party’s national list, and Mpofu is listed as the EFF’s Gauteng premier candidate.

Second on the list is Mpho Ramakatsa, a former ANC member. In 2012, he attempted to have the Free State’s ANC conference declared unconstitutional and have Premier Ace Magashule removed from his post.

Shivambu is the ANC Youth League’s former spokesperson. In 2012, he was suspended for three years from the ANC.

The EFF’s national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is eighth and the national co-ordinator Andile Mngxitama was 10th.

The top 10 names of the party are: 1. Julius Malema 2. Mpho Ramakatsa 3. Leigh-Ann Mathys 4. Floyd Shivambu 5. Hlengiwe Hlophe 6. Godrich Gardee 7. Magdalene Moonsamy 8. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi 9. Teboho Mokwele 10. Andile Mngxitama

Three members of Sopa, including its president Lybon Mabasa, are part of the EFF’s candidate list.

Three members of the BCP, including its deputy president Nkosi Molala, and two members of South Africa First are also listed as EFF candidates.

Provincial premier candidates

Eastern Cape – Themba Wele Gauteng – Dali Mpofu KwaZulu-Natal – Vusi Khoza Limpopo – Mike Mathebe Mpumalanga – Collen Sedibe North West – Alfred Motsi Northern Cape – Aubrey Baartman Western Cape – Nazier Paulsen

 

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South Africa – Malema case postponed until after elections

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Malema corruption court case postponed
18 NOV 2013 10:47STAFF REPORTER, SAPA

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema’s corruption case has been postponed and will be heard only in September 2014.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema will be able to contest South Africa’s 2014 general elections without having to answer to allegations of corruption against him.

On Monday, the case of fraud against him and four others was postponed in the high court in Polokwane until September 2014.

But he will make representations to the court next Thursday and Friday about why the fraud charges against him should be dropped.

Malema and his business associates – Kagisho Dichabe, Lesiba Gwangwa, Helen Moreroa and Makgetsi Manthata – were accused of making nearly R4-million from corrupt activities.

Malema is out on bail of R10 000 and faces charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering and racketeering, while the other four are out on bail of R40 000 each.

The state alleges Malema and the others misrepresented themselves to the Limpopo roads and transport department, leading to a R52-million ​contract being awarded to On-Point Engineering.

Shareholder
According to court papers, Malema had business ties with Gwangwa, a director of On-Point Engineering. Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust was an indirect shareholder in On-Point.

The department paid the company R43-million. According to the charge sheet, Malema substantially benefited from this payment, using it to buy a farm and a Mercedes-Benz.

Before 10am, Malema arrived at court after apparently writing a University of South Africa examination.

Supporters and members of the EFF gathered outside the court ahead of the trial. Clad in red, members of the party chanted anti-government slogans and moved from one street corner to another. Minibus taxis were continually dropping off more supporters.

Media confusion
Meanwhile, there was confusion as the media was at first told they were barred from the trial, but were later allowed into the court room.

“We sincerely apologise for the miscommunication around the media access to court proceedings … ” justice department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said on Monday on his Facebook wall.

“The matter has now been resolved and court reporters will now be allowed to attend court proceedings.”

Earlier, media were barred from entering the courtroom where the former ANC Youth League leader was due to appear. – Additional reporting by Sapa

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South Africa – Polokwane braces for start of Malema corruption trial

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Polokwane prepares for Malema trial
17 NOV 2013 10:04 SAPA

Police aim to ensure “peace and stability” in Polokwane as Julius Malems’a corruption gets under way on Monday.

Security will be tight at the Polokwane High Court, where EFF leader Julius Malema’s corruption trial is expected to start on Monday, Limpopo police said.

Police would monitor and patrol the area in and around the court, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

The city centre and Malema’s hometown of Seshego would also be monitored.

“The aim is to ensure peace and stability. No lawlessness will be tolerated and those who break the law will be arrested immediately,” said Mulaudzi.

Malema is accused of making nearly R4-million from corrupt activities.

He is out on bail of R10 000 and faces charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering, and racketeering.

His co-accused are his business associates Kagisho Dichabe, Lesiba Gwangwa, Helen Moreroa, and Makgetsi Manthata, who are out on bail of R40 000 each.

The trial is expected to run until November 29.

A night vigil would be held by Malema’s supporters at Cosmo Leisure Lodge and Conference Centre in Polokwane on Sunday.

Mulaudzi said police would also monitor the vigil.

On Monday, streets around the high court would be closed to traffic from 6am.

A supporters’ march was scheduled to take place on Monday from Oost Street down Bodenstein Street to the court. – Sapa

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South Africa – Zapiro on Malema and the EFF

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Zapiro's cartoon in the Times (16 Oct 2013) on the launch of Julius Malema's EFF party - National Socialist Rhetoric and bla bla to those who wanted to hear it - Can he deliver or does it even matter? Remember Hitler started off small with the same type of rhetoric.

Zapiro’s cartoon in the Times (16 Oct 2013) on the launch of Julius Malema’s EFF party – National Socialist Rhetoric and bla bla to those who wanted to hear it – Can he deliver or does it even matter? Remember Hitler started off small with the same type of rhetoric.

South Africa – EFF accuses Agang over defections

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The Economic Freedom Fighters claims Agang SA has lured its members to defect after Agang welcomed more than 100 former EFF members.

At a press conference, Agang SA said it welcomed more than 100 former EFF members. (AFP)
At a press conference, Agang SA said it welcomed more than 100 former EFF members. (AFP)

Agang SA lured members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Gauteng to defect with promises that they would be paid, the EFF claimed on Wednesday.

“We are … aware that many of them defected because they were promised payments for the work they will do in Agang SA,” EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement.

He was responding to an Agang SA press conference on Wednesday, when it welcomed more than 100 former EFF members.

“This means they were bought by [Agang leader] Dr Mamphela Ramphele with the money she got from the sweat and blood of mineworkers and our mineral resources,” he said, referring to her shareholdings in mining companies.

Agang could not immediately be reached to comment on the claim.

Ndlozi said the defectors represented less than 1% of the EFF’s Gauteng support base.

‘Attention-seeking’ party “Indeed, many people will from time to time, particularly in a democratic society, move from party to party.  Thus, we wish all those who left a farewell,” he said.

Ndlozi said the EFF had not drawn attention to the members it had recruited from other parties as it was not an “attention-seeking” party.

“The EFF is only going to its third month since it formed as a mass party, and it already boasts with programmes that have gained popularity with the popular classes.”

Earlier, Agang SA said in a statement that more than a 100 EFF members had defected to the party.

Former Gauteng EFF convenor Pule Matshitshe said the defectors believed Ramphele could change South Africa for the better.

“We trust Dr Ramphele to lead our country and we trust Agang SA to tackle corruption, poverty, and inequality,” he said.

“We are proud to become members of Agang SA and we urge all young and right-minded people across the country to join the party.”

New recruits Former EFF Gauteng co-ordinator Nozi Poswayo and 15 other key members of the EFF’s Gauteng structures were among those who joined Agang SA.

Agang SA political director Moeketsi Mosola welcomed the new members and said his party was going “from strength to strength”.

“Young people across the country respect Dr Ramphele’s integrity and life-long fight for freedom. People from all walks of life see that Agang SA is the only non-racial home for all South Africans.”

Mosola said the new members would be expected to work hard in their structures.

The new recruits made a declaration of allegiance to Ramphele and Agang SA. – Sapa M&G

South Africa – Kunene leaves EFF

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Kenny Kunene resigns from EFF

#EFF         26 August 2013

Businessman Kenny Kunene in front of the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Picture: Leon Sadiki/City Press 

Businessman Kenny Kunene has resigned as a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

“The central command team found him a very great person to work with, and so did many in the rank and file,” spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement today.

“We were particularly impressed by his charisma, fearlessness, and wisdom to dissect complex challenges.”

Last Wednesday the party denied reports that Kunene had resigned.

“Kunene has not left the party … he has asked to be relieved of his leadership responsibilities,” Ndlozi said at the time.

According to the reports, Kunene had quit as EFF head of campaigns, mobilisation, and special projects.

Ndlozi said today the EFF would welcome working with Kunene in future.

“We wish him well with his future endeavours, particularly with the immediate challenge he has accepted in lending a hand in the resolution of the Cape Town gang wars,” he said.

“We are, above all pleased that he remains committed in making this country work, particularly in the spirit of radical economic justice espoused in the policies of the EFF which he helped consolidate.”

Yesterday, City Press reported that well-placed sources within the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) revealed that many people who had considered joining the party balked at Kunene’s reputation and did not want to be associated with him.

Kunene was viewed by some potential EFF members as spitting in the eyes of the poor by boasting about blowing hundreds of thousands of rands on parties, expensive booze, clothes and cars.

In July, Kunene said he was going into politics full-time as a member of the EFF, led by expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

Kunene wrote a scathing open letter to President Jacob Zuma before joining the EFF, criticising his leadership.

- Sapa  City Press

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The EFF has backtracked on its comments last week, saying the businessman handed in his beret in favour of helping combat gangsterism in Cape Town.

Kenny Kunene plans to lend a hand in the resolution of gang wars in Cape Town. (Gallo)                    
Kenny Kunene plans to lend a hand in the resolution of gang wars in Cape Town. (Gallo)

                                   

Businessman Kenny Kunene has resigned as a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the party said on Monday.

“The central command team found him a great person to work with, and so did many in the rank and file,” said spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. “We were particularly impressed by his charisma, fearlessness and wisdom to dissect complex challenges.”

The party on Wednesday denied reports that Kunene had resigned.

“Kunene has not left the party …  he has asked to be relieved of his leadership responsibilities,” Ndlozi said at the time. Kunene was said to have quit as EFF head of campaigns, mobilisation and special projects.

Ndlozi said on Monday that the EFF would welcome working with Kunene in future. “We wish him well with his future endeavours, particularly with the immediate challenge he has accepted in lending a hand in the resolution of the Cape Town gang wars,” he said.

“We are, above all, pleased that he remains committed in making this country work, particularly in the spirit of radical economic justice espoused in the policies of the EFF, which he helped consolidate.”

Kunene said in July that he was going into politics full-time as a member of the EFF, led by expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

Kunene wrote a scathing open letter to President Jacob Zuma before joining the EFF, criticising his leadership. – Sapa M&G