The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have unveiled their new manifesto, going into the upcoming Local Government Elections. As expected, party leader Julius Malema was in top-form as he revealed the party’s key promises. From the usual remarks about land for all, to promises to distribute jobs on a 50 50 gender basis, let’s take a look at some of the standout points.
The party says its manifesto is “people-centric” and if in government, will have a key focus on getting people living back where the economy runs strongest.
While unveiling the manifesto in Johannesburg this afternoon, Malema explained that the party will look to purchase property in Sandton.
This will then allow an integrated affordable housing development, right within one of the country’s economic hubs.
Malema went on to insist that the legacy of apartheid spatial planning can not be allowed to continue.
And as result, the country needs to move away from the perception of “rich” and “poor” areas.
“We are identifying a piece of land in Sandton to build RDP Houses. All the buildings in JHB City centre and hijacked ones. They will be refurbished and made into housing for our people. We want our buildings in Sunnyside, Kempton Park and Vaal.”
Another standout part of the EFF manifesto is the threat to unveil a wealth tax on those who are “rich”.
Malema says that anybody who can afford to live in Sandton must be able to subsidise the poor.
While there were also promises to deal with corruption, eradicate all pit toilets and have EFF councillors available on call 24/7, Malema and co promised that all jobs created would be made available equally to men and women.
“When we give land, jobs… women must get 50%,” said Malema.
You can read the EFF manifesto in full, here.