The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) political party intends to make quite an impression on the South African voting public. The EFF is Julius Malema’s new political endeavor and by the look of things, Malema wants to shake things up in the African National Congress and white community.
Malema spoke to the media about a conversation during which he remembers President Jacob Zuma saying that the president of South Africa at the time, Thabo Mbeki had to be removed. He said that after Mbeki was recalled as president, Mbeki supporters were harassed by the ANC. He continued: “What type of organization are we building? Where are those that disagree; their heads are chopped.”
Julius Malema still speaks with the same vigor and determination that landed him in hot water with the ANC when he was employed as the president of the ANCYL. He has been very open about the fact that he needs money to get the wheels of the EFF in motion. He has offered reasons why the ANC, SACP, COSATU and ANCYL are no longer relevant to voters. As far as Malema is concerned, the EFF is the best political solution for South Africa.
The EFF needs supporters and more than anything, funding. Malema asked anyone who shares his vision to contact him regarding proposals for fund-raising. However, a helping hand cannot be expected from white businesses after Malema uttered: “We are radical…we don’t want people who are scared of whites…if you have that phobia, stay at home.”
Julius Malema is likely to offend white people when he attends to “those who perpetuated apartheid” and benefited from it. The EFF is motivated by “justice” rather than “reconciliation”. Many South Africans are still coming to grips with Malema’s political ambitions and they have voiced mixed emotions on social networks, it remains to be seen if this will translate into votes.