EFF in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar in KZN

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - THAMI MAGUBANE

EFF LEAD­ERS were pleas­antly sur­prised to find that their party is “quite pop­u­lar” in KwaZulu-Natal, they said yes­ter­day.

The party is on a week­long blitz in the prov­ince as it pre­pares for its fourth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions later this week.

Se­nior party lead­ers in­clud­ing EFF com­man­der-in-chief Julius Malema and party spokesper­son Mbuyiseni Nd­lozi have been cam­paign­ing in the prov­ince.

Party mem­bers camped out in uMlazi yes­ter­day and in­ter­acted with mo­torists and com­mu­nity mem­bers, hand­ing out pam­phlets. They planned to visit other parts of the town­ship and the Shisa Nyama out­lets.

“I thought that the EFF would not be wanted here, but I was quite sur­prised to find that it is so pop­u­lar in all the ar­eas that we have vis­ited,” said the party’s na­tional or­gan­iser, Mgcini Tsh­waku.

He said they had ex­pected a hos­tile re­cep­tion as there had been in­ci­dents of in­tim­i­da­tion be­fore, no­tably in ward 22, where an EFF mem­ber was killed.

The EFF “tech­ni­cally” does not ex­ist in KZN, as its struc­tures were dis­banded by the na­tional lead­er­ship and placed un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion in Oc­to­ber last year due to in­fight­ing. The party is in the process of re­build­ing some of those struc­tures.

“The whole lead­er­ship will be in court on Tues­day at­tend­ing the mur­der trial (of the EFF mem­ber),” he said.

Tsh­waku said they had in­ter­acted with com­mu­nity mem­bers and found the prob­lems af­fect­ing town­ships like uMlazi, Cler­mont and oth­ers were the same.

“There has been no de­vel­op­ment… these town­ships are not de­vel­op­ing at all. I was here in uMlazi in 2004 and com­ing back I find that it’s ex­actly the same, noth­ing has changed.

“There has been no de­vel­op­ment, it is the same in the other town­ships that we have vis­ited,” he added.

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