- ( #
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.