EFF vow to fight for poor in the re­gion

The Rep - - NEWS - By Zolile Menzelwa

THE new kid on the block in lo­cal gov­ern­ment politics – the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers (EFF) – has thanked the peo­ple of Chris Hani dis­trict for their sup­port dur­ing the Au­gust 3 polls, vow­ing it would hold all thiev­ing coun­cil­lors to ac­count – on be­half of the poor.

Party rep­re­sen­ta­tives were speak­ing at a Wed­nes­day press brief­ing at their new of­fices in Ko­mani Street. The brief­ing was headed up by the party’s Chris Hani re­gional sec­re­tary, Wonga Dun­jwa, and cen­tral com­mand team mem­ber and Chris Hani re­gion de­ployee mem­ber, Zolile Xal­isa. He said the party had con­tested all the wards in the area and had shown growth in the Chris Hani area, since the 2014 gen­eral elec­tions, grow­ing from 6000 votes to 34 000 last week. He said the party had six seats in Enoch Mgi­jima, three in Intsika Yethu, two Eng­cobo and one in Sakhi­sizwe and Emalahleni re­spec­tively.

“We hope our PR coun­cil­lors will make a dif­fer­ence in their re­spec­tive coun­cils. But as his­tory has shown, it doesn’t mat­ter how many we are as the EFF, but where we are, we fight for the poor peo­ple. We will ex­pose cor­rup­tion.”

Xal­isa said vot­ers showed they had lit­tle faith in the ANC and the EFF would go back to strengthen its branches in prepa­ra­tion for the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions.

He said he did not want to see the EFF en­ter into a coali­tion with the “white priv­i­lege” DA and the “neo lib­eral” ANC, adding the lat­ter was dy­ing a slow death.

“We have no in­ter­est in rul­ing with them but we want peo­ple to get ser­vices. Per­haps if they re­spect our seven car­di­nal pil­lars we can gov­ern with them.”

Xal­isa said that the fi­nal EFF na­tional ex­ec­u­tive de­ci­sion would be com­mu­ni­cated by the of­fice of its pres­i­dent, Julius Malema, af­ter the struc­ture’s meet­ing and would be com­mu­ni­cated to the me­dia. The EFF was said to be a king­maker in the Nel­son Man­dela Bay, Tsh­wane and Jo­han­nes­burg met­ros.

Dun­jwa said doom­say­ers had pre­dicted EFF would die af­ter the 2014 elec­tions, but it had in­stead shown growth. “With­out our ground forces who did door-to-door cam­paigns and the vot­ers, we would not be where we are. We will en­sure EFF coun­cil­lors wear their work suits and gum­boots to the swear­ing-in coun­cil meet­ing.”

Pic­ture: ZOLILE MENZELWA

WELL DONE: The EFF’s Zolile Xal­isa and Wonga Dun­jwa thank vot­ers in Chris Hani re­gion for vot­ing in last week’s elec­tions

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