As the elections draw closer, all those that habour legislative and presidential ambitions begin to set their house in order. In line with this, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has taken the proverbial bull by the horns and announced their presidential candidate. This, they did on Monday in Johannesburg at a press briefing.
According to the EFF, the person to represent the party in the presidential elections is their leader, Julius Malema. This means that Juju, as he is commonly known, will most likely be drawn against the likes of Jacob Zuma, Hellen Zille, Mongusuthu Buthelezi and a number of the other leaders of the political parties that will be part of this election. The announcement of Malema clarifies and clears the air about who is really behind the fastest growing party in the history of politics. Many in the political circles and elsewhere have been wondering if there was no secret hand driving the only party to have been able to participate fully in an election before it’s first birthday.
In addition to the announcement of Julius Malema as it’s presidential candidate for the election, the party also listed its other top ten members. These are Mpho Ramakatsa, Leigh-Anne Mathys, Floyd Shivambu, Hlengiwe Hlophe, Godrich Gardee, Magadalena Moonsamy, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Tebogo Mokwele and Andile Mngxitama. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is the party’s national spokesman while Andile Mngxitama is the national coordinator.
The press statement also informed the media about the candidates that will be representing them in the provincial premiership election. Of interest in that list was the name of Dali Mpofu, who will stand for Gauteng Premier. Mr Mpofu is the lawyer that has been representing the Marikana miners in the Commission of enquiry that is headed by Judge Farham to find out what happened when thirty four miners were gunned down by police in 2012. Another provincial candidate to represent the party who managed to raise eyebrows was Meisie Kennedy who is also a member of the Democratic Alliance. Typical of Malema, when quizzed about whether the DA had agreed to this, his response was that if they did not like it, they should fire her.
Malema also told reporters at the same event that members of the Black Consciousness Movement and the Socialist Party of Azania would contest the election under the banner of his party in a dual membership arrangement. The members from the BCM that will also be representing EFF also include its deputy president, Nkosi Molala while the president of the SOPA, Lybon Mabasa will also be contesting under the new party.