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Sunday World - - News - NG­WAKO MALATJI

THE Eco­nomic Free­dom Fighters (EFF) has nom­i­nated Dali Mpofu as its can­di­date for Gaut­eng pre­mier.

This forms part of the party’s bat­tle plan to win the hearts and minds of the prov­ince’s dis­grun­tled vot­ers.

For­mer KwaZulu-Natal ANC Youth League provin­cial sec­re­tary Vukani Ndlovu and gospel singer Sech­aba Pali have be­come the lat­est pop­u­lar faces to join EFF.

Ndlovu has al­ready been in­tro­duced to the party’s struc­tures and Pali will of­fi­cially be pa­raded dur­ing the EFF’s rally in Bloem­fontein on Satur­day.

Mpofu, an ad­vo­cate, will square off with the DA’s pre­mier can­di­date, Mmusi Maimane, and the ANC’s likely can­di­date, David Makhura, who is num­ber one on the prov­ince’s leg­is­la­ture list.

EFF leader Julius Malema tops the party s na­tional list and au­to­mat­i­cally be­comes its pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

Two se­nior EFF of­fi­cials, who did not want to be named, said their mem­bers unan­i­mously sup­ported Mpofu’s can­di­dacy be­cause of his po­lit­i­cal acu­men, aca­demic sta­tus and un­der­stand­ing of the party’s poli­cies.

The EFF ad­vo­cates the ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land and the na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of mines and banks.

Mpofu is one of the lawyers rep­re­sent­ing vic­tims of the Marikana mas­sacre.

Many people sup­port our poli­cies, but we couldn’t just bank on that alone. We want a cred­i­ble can­di­date if we are to wres­tle con­trol of the prov­ince from the rul­ing party. Mpofu is the right man for that.

He is a black mid­dle-class cit­i­zen who un­der­stands the lan­guage the black mid­dle class speak in the prov­ince.

So with him, we are tak­ing the bat­tle to the ANC.

We are go­ing to take Gaut­eng away from them,” the of­fi­cial said.

An­other of­fi­cial con­firmed that Mpofu is the party’s pre­mier can­di­date in Gaut­eng.

He is ap­peal­ing to not only the mid­dle, up­per or work­ing class, but to the poor masses of this prov­ince.

He made his mark as the cham­pion of the poor when he took the de­ci­sion to rep­re­sent the Marikana min­ers, when the govern­ment re­fused to fund their le­gal costs.

That has en­deared him to the hearts of many people,” said the of­fi­cial.

The of­fi­cial said all the EFF’s provin­cial con­venors were nom­i­nated as pre­mier can­di­dates in their prov­inces.

EFF head of pol­icy and re­search Floyd Shivambu and the party’s head of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions, Andile Mngqxi­tama, were among those who would go to par­lia­ment, added the of­fi­cial.

Mpofu de­clined to com­ment and said the EFF would make an an­nounce­ment about the mat­ter next week.

Shivambu re­ferred ques­tions to party spokesman Mbuyiseni Nd­lozi, who could not be reached at the time of pub­li­ca­tion.

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