When it comes to the key issues affecting South Africa during the promulgation of its election manifesto on Saturday, the fighters for economic freedom (EFF) were able to tick all the challenges the country is faced with. But the party was unable to provide relevant decisions, independent political analyst Daniel Silke said. While presenting the manifesto to the crowd dressed in red that filled the giant stadium in the town of Soshanguve in Pretoria, the EFF singled out its seven well-established pillars that it said would contribute to the 2019 election campaign. These were:
- Expropriation of land without compensation.
- Nationalization of mines, banks and other strategic sectors of the economy.
- Building state and government capacity, leading to the cancellation of tenders.
- Free, quality education, health care, houses and sanitation.
- Protected industrial development to create millions of sustainable jobs, including the introduction of a minimum wage to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor.
- Developing the African economy and supporting the transition from reconciliation to justice throughout the continent.
- Open, accountable, corrupt-free government and a society without fear of persecution by government agencies.
“The areas covered are critical issues facing South Africa,” Silke said.
The party ticks all the checkboxes on when it comes to the subject matter, but the EFF cannot provide appropriate solutions, except for centralized control of everything for the state. “The mechanisms employed were not successful,” he said.
“Their philosophy of central ownership of power and resources has already been proven to be a failure in many other parts of the world.”
The influence of party messages on voters “will be tested during the poll campaign.”
“Land and jobs require a clear and concise message. But all other political parties will touch the same questions. “They are entering into an already crowded political field when it comes to their messages, because the ANC, [Democratic Alliance], [United Democratic Movement] and other political parties will mention the same thing. The question is what stands out?
EFF President Julius Malema said that the newly appointed lawyer for the chief prosecutor, Shamila Batohi, was “close” to the Minister of State Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, and being “controlled by a group that is very close to Gordhan.” Silke said: “EFFs are nervous because some of their members are involved in scandals like VBS [Mutual] Bank. This is an attempt to discredit the new NPA boss. This is not surprising, because they can potentially feel the heat due to the alleged participation of their members in VBS. ”
Against the backdrop of loud cheers, Malema told EFF supporters: “I’ve got no trust in the newly appointed NPA head. She is very close to Pravin Gordhan.
“She is controlled by a group that is very close to Pravin. They appointed her to protect the crimes of Pravin Gordhan and the cliques of Gordhan and Cyril Ramaphosa.”