EFF determined to win all municipalities in 2016 Municipal Elections

BY ASAVELA FEKEMA - MAY 31, 2016
EFF offices in Port Elizabeth

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Commander in Chief, Julius Malema, is determined that his party wins all the municipalities in the upcoming elections, he announced this at the party’s national list conference held at Midrand on Monday.

“We are going to win all of them, of course, the desire is to win at all cost,” said Malema.

While he said that the party is targeting some municipalities, he could not be drawn into spelling out which ones.

In one of the hotly contested Metro’s this year, the Nelson Mandela Bay, the EFF only recently opened offices along Govan Mbeki Avenue in the Port Elizabeth CBD. It is not clear yet, if they have finally established a structure, how much support the party has in the Bay and if they will have to form an alliance with the other parties that make up the opposition in the region.

While there have not been visible structures in the Metro, the EFF were last year credited with acts of vandalism that saw several monuments in Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth that the party said represented Apartheid, being defaced.

Malema and some of the EFF’s top leaders have also visited the Bay on several occasions to drum up support for the party.

The EFF is hoping to register all the candidates that would represent the party at the polls with the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) on Thursday, before even making the list public.

Malema also claimed that he had been approached by several disgruntled African National Congress (ANC) members, who did not make it into the ruling party’s candidates list.

 “I do not want any ANC people in this party, they must go back to the ANC, they are just opportunists because they were not chosen to be candidates,” said Malema.

Meanwhile, ANC secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, told journalists that he had been contacted by individuals who wanted to be candidates for the councillor’s post.

“These individuals were making demands and issuing an ultimatum and threatened to join other political parties if they were not in the list,” said Mantashe.

The 2016 Local Government Elections are taking place on the 3rd of August will be the first local government elections for the EFF, after they scored more than million votes in 2014 in the general elections.

Image: New EFF offices in Port Elizabeth.