As gathered from the EFF desk, Julius Malema, dubbed ‘The Coming Revolution’ was crowned the Commander-in-Chief of the EFF party even when he was in-charge of the ANC Youth League.
This is because ‘the struggle for economic freedom does not possess organisational boundaries and confines’.
Today, members and supporters of the radical party woke up with shouts of joy and excitement.
Many of them also took to the social media, buzzing and wishing the left-wing EFF party a super 3rd Anniversary.
Julius Malema formed the EFF on 26 July 2013 after his term as ANC Youth League president was embroiled in controversy in February 29, 2012.
His public statements had gotten him suspended from the African National Congress (ANC) for 5 years. Subsequently, Malema was found guilty by the ANC’s National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) of sowing divisions within the ANC.
The Disciplinary Committee also suspended ANC Youth League spokesperson, Floyed Shivambu and ANC Youth League general secretary, Sindiso Magaqa from the party for 3 years.
Since their expulsion, Malema and Shivambu set out to continue their fight for economic freedom.
They believed the ANC had mistreated them because they had publicly and internally observed the ‘directionlessness’ of government on domestic and international policy options since 2009.
Significantly, a clarion call to Economic Freedom fighters and all South Africans to stand up and be counted was issued on 11 June 2013.
The Clarion Call constituted an analysis of the political balance of forces. It also presented three routes for the radical program of economic freedom.
The options presented were to either emerge a non-governmental organisation, a platform, or a political party that can contest power.
And on 27 July 2013, the EFF National Assembly held a meeting at Uncle Tom’s Hall in Orlando West, Soweto.
The meeting was attended by 1,200 delegates from all nine provinces, and a delegation of former mineworkers from the Eastern Cape and mineworkers from Marikana led by Xolani Nzuza.
Remarkably, EFF as a political party was launched that same day after discussions on the organisation’s ideological outlook, foundation manifesto and constitution were adopted by the 1,200 delegates in attendance.
In September 2013, the party passed the last hurdle after a petition, challenging its registration with the IEC by the Freedom Front Plus was dismissed.
It is pertinent to note that the revolutionary party EFF won’t have thrive without the influential roles of these persons:
Julius Malema (Commander-in-Chief and President); Floyed Shivambu (Deputy President); Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (Commissar); Andile Mngxitama; Sam Tshabalala; Fana Mokoena.
Others are; Leigh Ann Mathys; Pabane Moteka; Hlayiseka Chawane; Sipho Mbatha; Kenny Kunene; Mandisa Makesini; Hlengiwe Hlophe (Deputy Secretary General); Marshall Dlamini; Mpho Ramakatsa; Sam Matiase; Alfred Motsi; Parks Khayane and Patrick Sindane.
The number of EFF supporters have incredibly grown over the years. During the party launch in 2013, Malema announced that the new party had over 1000 members.
By December 2014, the EFF party claimed to have over half a million members, although this has not been independently verified.
The EFF party”draws inspiration from the broad Marxist–Leninist tradition and Fanonian schools of thought in their analyses of the state, imperialism, culture and class contradictions in every society.
The party often criticize the ANC and the DA, for their allegedly pro-business stances, which it claims have sold out the black people of South Africa to capitalism as cheap labour.
Top on the party’s agenda is fight against corruption, provision of quality social housing, free primary healthcare and education for all, as well as proposing to expropriate “stolen land”, nationalize the mining and banking sectors, double welfare grants and the minimum wage.
It also promised to end the proposed toll system for highways.
In commemoration of the party’s 3rd anniversary, social media users posted:
— EFF Official Account (@EFFSouthAfrica) July 26, 2016
a happy birthday to my revolutionary home. #EFFturns3
— Vusi Vakalisa (@Vusi_Vakalisa) July 26, 2016