EFF Blazing The Trail Through The Local Government Elections


As the local government election draws closer, the EFF members are making every possible effort to up their game in order to get the support of the people.

The party has launched 3900 branches across the country and will be contesting at all 278 municipalities in the local polls that will be held in August.

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The local polls will mark the first time the EFF will be contesting at any local government election.

The Leader of the party Julius Malema said yesterday that the chosen EFF councillor candidates must be grounded in their communities and be known for their good morals in their respective communities.

The EFF which obtained 6% of the vote in the 2014 national election is aiming to double its support in the upcoming local polls.

As specified by Malema, the EFF branches have already selected the councillor candidates to represent the  party at the polls and there is no going back on the list unless the candidate had a criminal record.

The South African electoral system at the local government level, makes use of both the ward and proportional representation systems whereby candidates are selected by branches and placed in order of importance after being scrutinized by regional leaders.

Malema said campaign has been tough, especially over the past fortnight that had already led to an EFF member being shot in political clashes with ANC supporters in Mpumalanga.

In addition to the challenges facing the party, the members were literally stoned in KwaZulu-Natal last week.

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“Political parties must be allowed to campaign freely . the maturity of democracy means the ability to tolerate one another and campaign freely,” Malema said.

A concerned EFF has written to the election body IEC complaining about the incidents of intimidation and violence in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga among others.

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