The EFF 2017 plenum got underway over the weekend in Kempton Park, Gauteng.
The conference brought together the Central Command Team, Provincial Command Teams, Regional Command Teams and ground forces from across South Africa to discuss the annual programme of the EFF.
Up to 260 EFF delegates gathered over the weekend for what seemed to be intensive discussions on how to outstrip the African National Congress (ANC) in the general elections.
We’ll quite recollect that the EFF took the stage as kingmakers at the last municipal elections that saw the ANC crash and that the fighters ditched the ruling party for its closest political ally – the Democratic Alliance (DA).
Of course, the ‘drastic’ preference saw the DA sitting at the helm in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay. These three metros are without a doubt, South Africa’s most coveted areas and have been an ANC traditional base since the revolution gained independence from white minorities.
The three-day plenary session in Kempton Park, which pulled bigwigs like EFF president and commander-in-chief Julius Malema, targeted at programmes that the party will undertake this year, for a better tomorrow.
In the same vein, during the EFF 2017 plenum, the fighters vowed to marshal a formidable army tasked with raising EFF devotees in ANC strongholds and key provinces such as KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu emphatically promised on the sidelines of the meeting that in-depth and weighty plans are being considered for areas where the party has little or no significance and contribution.
Shivambu said “we are giving priority to areas where the EFF has not meaningfully existed before….When we unleash the election machinery in 2019 it must be ready to attack, ready to convince the million of voters to vote for the EFF. In 2019 there must be a change of government.”
“The organisation has assigned the senior leadership to provinces where we did not have a strong presence before … The Commander is leading a core of EFF members in the KZN. He will be leading the process while the Deputy President will be in the Eastern Cape with the national chairperson.”
In the course of the annual strategic planning workshop, the EFF said it was so positive that the ANC would self-destruct itself sooner than later. The party told delegates that it knew from the days EFF was formed that the ANC would certainly nose-dive into oblivion.
“That is why the EFF exists because, in the process of them self-destructing, there’s going to be a progressive black political party that is going to take over political power and bring about economic freedom in SA. We are not worried about the ANC, we knew as early as 2013 when the EFF was formed that the ANC is going to self-destruct.”
The 2016 EFF plenum held in February – at the time, the party reiterated commitment towards winning the local elections as a first step to taking over the national government by 2019.
Without a doubt, the party made good on their promise by improving performance in the 2014 general election; despite contesting as a first timer in the 2016 local government election.
It earned 8.2% of the total vote, the ANC earned 53.9%, followed by the DA with 26.9%.