EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu said the party is pleased by the growth registered in this year’s general elections.
As the tallying of votes heads towards the final hours, so far, the EFF has bagged more than 1.2 million votes nationally.
In 2014, the EFF contested its first election, gaining 6.35%, 1,169,259 of the total vote.
“We are happy with the performance of the EFF,” Shivambu stated. “We are the only party that has significantly grown in terms of actual numbers. This shows the confidence that the people of South Africa have in the EFF.”
Shivambu warned that those who were celebrating results were doing so prematurely.
“One thing which we can categorically say right now is that there will not be an outright winner in Gauteng,” he added. “So those Twitter fools and all sort of semi illiterate people who were celebrating the victory of the ANC, did so prematurely.
“In terms of our own internal process, the EFF has doubled its 2014 and 2016 votes in terms of the turnout in Gauteng. I can tell you now that when the results come in the board to complete Soweto and the metros, the ANC will not be an outright winner in Gauteng.”
The EFF looks set to become the official opposition in at least three provinces: Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga.
Shivambu added that the party would soon take the government from the ruling ANC.
“It is the beginning of the fall of the ANC,” he claimed, “nobody ever thought the ANC would go below 60%, we have single handedly brought the ANC below 60% and we will defeat them.
“We will take government so that we can have a government that is guided by the principles of economic freedom.”
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.