EFF commander-in-chief Julius Malema has given reasons why his party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) was established.
The leader said during a special interview with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Friday that his party was birthed solely because the ruling African National Congress (ANC) which was largely believed to bring about radical change in the country, failed to do so.
According to Malema, the EFF wouldn’t have been in existence had the ruling ANC began to nationalize banks, mines, lands and tackle massive corruption.
“This EFF will close shop … because the ANC will be implementing exactly what South Africans are expecting from a caring organisation’” he further explained.
The EFF was established in 2013 as a revolutionary socialist political party. The party came to existence a year after its leader, Julius Malema was expelled from the ruling ANC.
Malema who was the president of the ANC’s youth wing, was in 2012, expelled by the ruling party’s national disciplinary committee (NDC) after deliberating over his threats of turning the party’s youth wing against the party.
The EFF began operation with over 1000 members, double the 500 required for registration with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
The party “drew its 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”, according to one of its declarations.
The Malema-led party has since its existence, been at the neck of the ruling party accusing it of operating in corruption and against the wishes of South African citizens.
Julius Malema said during the interview, that the EFF had proven it hadn’t been self-seeking.
The leader, however, noted that the Democratic Alliance, which now stands as ANC’s major opposition, is however, no better option to the ANC.
He said the DA would, however, survive because “it is based on whiteness” and “whites will gather around a party” that would “protect their privilege”.
According to him also, the DA “remains exactly” a racist organisation, and he remained conscious of that despite installing the party into power in major metros following last year’s elections. He claimed that had been a strategic move.
Speaking about rumors circulating that the party plans to merge with the ruling Party, the leader said the leaders of the EFF would rather give up politics entirely.
“Party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi would become “a Wits lecturer and we [the rest of them] will go into farming”.
“The EFF will only continue to exist for as long as the ANC betrays African people.”
He defended his strategy of siding with the DA in major metros, because it was “delivering results”.
“Now everyone speaks about the land, because of the EFF’s strategy,” he said.