The Fighters have proclaimed 2016 the most important political year in South Africa’s democratic history since 1994.
In their end of the year statement, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) asserted that no other year bettered the political future of South Africa than 2016.
According to the party, this is so because “for the first time the days of a one dominant party system have reached its cul-de-sac.
“The corrupt and arrogant ANC which has ruled South Africa for the past 22 years with a false sense of entitlement now knows without a shadow of doubt that it is dispensable,” stated the Fighters.
To EFF, the significance of 2016 is the maturity of SA’s democracy. That, it said, indicated a “restoration of the will of the people and not of a few elites at the helm of a dominant liberation movement.
“In 2016 this century old colossal felt the power of the electorate and came to realize that it is not in power because of its own doing, but because of the will of the people.
“Only in 2016 can we begin to have hope in electoral change, because political parties who do not know that people can remove them, fail to value the office they occupy,” argued Malema’s party.
Afterwards, the party proclaimed that it inspired the revival of electoral democracy and the popular will of the people.
“It is the EFF which has restored conscience in the heart of our politics; where it is now evident, more than ever, that without respecting the will of the people, even century old liberation movements can fall.
We therefore take this opportunity to express gratitude to each and every fighter who worked tirelessly over the longest electoral campaign since the dawn of our democracy. In this campaign, spanning well over 9 months, fighters delivered the change we speak of with discipline, precision and militancy.
We also thank all our supporters for turning out in numbers to vote for the EFF. The EFF voters were the proudest in 2016 because it is only their vote that made a difference in places like Johannesburg, Tshwane, Nelson Mandela and many other municipalities where we humbled the ever arrogant ANC.
There is indeed nothing in 2016 that is new in our politics in South Africa than the 2016 local government elections outcome. This means only the EFF carries hope of a better change because this outcome is unthinkable without the EFF.”
With the above, EFF wished South Africans, Africans and the world a “Revolutionary New Year”.
The party urged those who will be travelling to be responsible and not to drink and drive. It also begged the young to practice safe sex and not to abuse alcohol and drugs.
“We wish you all a 2017 full of peace, social justice, equality and economic freedom in our lifetime,” EFF finished.