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Economic Freedom Fighters note the suspension and political persecution of Zwelinzima Vavi

15 August 2013

Economic Freedom Fighters note the suspension and political persecution of Zwelinzima Vavi, the General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and SADTU President Thobile Ntola. The suspension of Zwelinzima Vavi and SADTU President Thobile Ntola does not come as a shock to EFF because in the Clarion Call we made on the 11th of June 2013 to announce the beginning of Economic Freedom Fighters, we said “COSATU will soon be swallowed into same politics of reforms, and all those who push for a radical agenda will be isolated, banished and portrayed as anti-ANC. The dominant ANC/SACP faction in COSATU will rid it of independent progressive leaders”.

In the clarion call, EFF further said, “independent trade unions, like AMCU, will continue to emerge and grow bigger because COSATU Unions will gradually fail to represent workers”. EFF made these observations because we know that the neo-liberal, reactionary, corrupt, and directionless faction that currently run politics in the Zuma African National Congress and South African Government is hellbent on extinguishing all Left forces and threats to big Capital. The suspension of Vavi and Ntola is therefore part of the purge of consistent Left forces that have since admitted the massive blunder committed through the election of Mr. Jacob Zuma as President of the country.

SADTU President Thobile Ntola and COSATU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi represent militant and radical fighting spirit of the working class that stood firm against the neo-liberal National Development Plan, eTolls, Labour Brokers, corruption, and pure mediocrity in the South African government. These are leaders who are honest and admitted to the blunders that the working class was led into in 2007. These are leaders who refused to be co-opted by the corrupt elements in the State and are now the Nomenklatura that justifies State corruption and looting of State resources. These are worker leaders who enjoy massive support on the ground and are victims of Palace coup de tat aimed at marginalizing the Left agenda in South Africa.

EFF believe that the remaining Left forces within COSATU will now begin to realise that after Ntola and Vavi, they are next to be purged. The remaining progressive Left Unions in COSATU will soon be riddled with divisions and infighting aimed at eliminating the progressive forces. The Left in COSATU should soon realise that they will be forced to continue tying the working class, particularly organised workers to their oppressors, who are politically embodied in the ZANC. COSATU will again in 2014 be forced towards supporting and funding ZANC elections, which entails supporting and funding the National Development Plan, eTolls, Labour Brokers and continuation of capitalist repression.

The Left forces in COSATU should begin to appreciate that the working class in South Africa does not need the ANC to pursue a revolution that will economically emancipation the black majority and Africans in particular. The Left forces should begin to realise and appreciate that beyond 100 years, the former Liberation Movement has become slower, forgetful, reactionary and decidedly conservative. The former Liberation is not committed to the discontinuation of private ownership of Mines, Banks, and Monopoly Industries because most of their leaders are subjectively and individually benefitting at the expense of the working class.

EFF message to these leaders is that they should never be silenced by Palace politics. They should in their own chosen platforms continue to fight for the economic emancipation of the black majority and Africans in particular. EFF will at all times, associate with leaders and progressive forces that fight for economic freedom and progressive agenda, despite of their current political homes. Fight on Comrades! Victory is Certain!

 

ISSUED BY THE ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS

CONTACT MBUYISENI QUINTIN NDLOZI, EFF NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON 

Cell Number: +27 73 133 3012

Email: economicfreedomstruggle@gmail.com and mbuyiseni@gmail.com

Facebook: Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi

Twitter: @EconFreedomZA and @MbuyiseniNdlozi

EFF ENCOURAGES FIGHTERS TO USE THE FNB ATM TO DEPOSITING MEMBERSHIP

Economic Freedom Fighters encourages all those who are paying their membership directly in the bank to do so at the FNB ATM, as opposed to inside the bank. This is because when you deposit your membership fee inside the bank the greedy financial capitalists take R8 of the R10 membership fee. However, depositing it at the ATM is much more reduced.

Fighters across the country must guard at all times against being taken advantage of by any system. The membership fee must, as much as possible, contribute to the sustenance of the organisation we all love.

Issues by the Economic Freedom Fighters

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (National Spokesperson)

Website: www.effighters.org.za

Facebook: Economic Freedom Fighters

Twitter: @EconFreedomZA

ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS (EFF) CALL ON THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE TO VOTE

30 July 2013

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) call upon the revolutionary people of Zimbabwe to defend the Zimbabwean revolution by voting for Zanu-PF and retaining comrade Robert Mugabe as the president of that liberated nation. EFF make the call on behalf of millions of landless, jobless, hopeless, unemployed, poverty stricken and dejected people of South Africa who experience these crises amidst so much mineral and natural resources wealth in South Africa. The gains of the Zimbabwean revolution must be defended. These gains find concrete expression in the historic and unprecedented land redistribution  programme that took land from 4000 white settler farmers who owed  80% of Zimbabwean land, and redistributed it to  more than 274 000  Zimbabweans!   It’s your victory defend it by any means necessary!

This brave and courageous move by the people of Zimbabwe under the leadership of President Robert Mugabe and guidance of Zanu-PF has come at a cost. EFF salutes the resilience and vigilance of the people of Zimbabwe, who endured and survived a brutal and illegal economic sanctions and sabotage by the West as punishment for returning the stolen land to its rightful owners. The people of Zimbabwe have been punished as s strategy to separate the people from the revolutionary leadership of Zanu-PF and leadership of President Mugabe. We say don’t allow the schemes of the enemies of Africa to succeed. Vote for liberation! Vote Zanu-PF! We implore the people Zimbabwe to realise that the Zimbabwean revolution is still under massive attacks and new plots are being hatched and new schemes cooked to reverse the gains you have made. The demonisation of Zanu-PF and comrade Mugabe is part of the plot to divide the nation for re-colonisation. We say you have already suffered enough for your liberation now defend and deepen it. Only Zanu-PF has demonstrated beyond doubt that is has the foresight, courage and never-die spirit as warriors for African dignity. We warn the people of Zimbabwe not to hand over your country to the stooges of the West in the form of Morgan  Tsvangarai and his MDC-T.

Zimbabwe has its land back. We in South Africa draw courage and inspiration from your achievements. In South Africa we remain landless, poor and under attack from racism every single day of our existence. Our freedom is empty words. We note with joy the indigenisation programme which now extends decolonisation of the economy through ownership of the economy by Zimbabweans.  This programme is a threat to colonial and western interests who have benefited from Zimbabwean wealth whilst the people suffer. We call on the Zimbabwean people to defend, deepen and fast track the indigenisation programme to complete this second and most difficult phase of your glorious revolution. You know who your true leaders are! You know which party can and has stood against Western arrogance and has emerged victorious.

You must remember the movement that was ready to bleed to realise your freedom!

EFF wish Zanu-PF and comrade Robert Mugabe a well deserved victory in the coming election. The completion of the long and difficult struggle to economic freedom in Zimbabwe is dependent on the victory of Zanu-PF in the coming election.  We plead with the people of Zimbabwe to be have strength and courage, your long suffering caused by the enemies of liberation is almost over, for we know tomorrow will be better than today. Vote wise; vote Zanu-PF and President Robert Mugabe!

 

ISSUED BY THE ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS

CONTACT MBUYISENI QUINTIN NDLOZI, EFF NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON 

Cell Number: +27 73 133 3012

Email: economicfreedomstruggle@gmail.com and mbuyiseni@gmail.com

Facebook: Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi

Twitter: @EconFreedomZA and @MbuyiseniNdlozi

ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS CENTRAL COMMAND PRESS STATEMENT:

11 July 2013

The National Central Command Team of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) held its 1st representative meeting at the 17 Shaft Conference Centre in Johannesburg on the 10th of July 2013. The meeting had representatives from all the 9 Provinces of South Africa, fraternal organisations and progressive Activists who associate with the struggle for economic freedom in our lifetime. We are addressing the media here at Constitution Hill, which is a symbol of South Africa’s political emancipation, which we as Economic Freedom Fighters believe should be elevated through concrete programmes to economic emancipation.

The meeting is a result of the clarion call we made on the 11th of June 2013 that all Economic Freedom Fighters should stand up to answer the question of WHAT IS TO BE DONE? Since the clarion call, thousands of progressive Economic Freedom Fighters, Non-governmental organisations, youth, workers, traditional leaders, Activists, Movements, Non-Profit organisations, political parties, churches, Intellectuals, Academics, Students, Traditional Chiefs, Headmen and Kings, Independent Councillors, Internationalists, and many others have responded to the clarion call and gave definite answers on WHAT IS TO BE DONE?

It is no secret that an absolute majority of all those who have responded are saying that Economic Freedom Fighters should be a radical, Left, and anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist Movement with an internationalist outlook that should contest elections in South Africa. Because Economic Freedom Fighters is led by organic and democratic revolutionary foot soldiers, Volunteers and Organisers, we took a decision that a decision to found a political Movement that will contest elections cannot and should not be taken by few individuals in a haphazard way.

We have since the clarion call on WHAT IS TO BE DONE? Constituted Provincial Central Command teams whose role and focus will be constitution of regional, sub-regional and ward based central command structures in preparation for a the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE. The NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE will be the platform that takes the decision and resolve on the option of founding a Movement that will contest elections, agree on the Constitution, the Colours, Logo, and adopt a Founding Manifesto, which will be the core of the politics and programmes of EFF towards the 2014 general elections. Membership forms, the website, paraphernalia and physical addresses of Economic Freedom Fighters will be unleashed and announced immediately after the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE.

The character of Economic Freedom Fighters will be that of a radical, Left, and anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist Movement with an internationalist outlook anchored by popular grassroots formations and struggles. EFF will be the vanguard of community and workers’ struggles and will always be on the side of the people. EFF will with determination and consistency, associate with the protest movement in South Africa, and will also join in struggles that defy unjust laws. EFF also embrace the radical (not the neo-liberal) interpretation of the Freedom Charter, which says South Africa should belong to all who live in it through equal distribution of South Africa’s wealth and heritage.  

Economic Freedom Fighters also embrace the following values and principles:

·         Human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms.

·         Non-racialism and non-sexism.

·         Universal adult suffrage, a national common voters roll, regular elections and a multi-party system of democratic government, to ensure accountability, responsiveness and openness.

The NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE will happen on the 26th and 27th of July 2013 in Soweto, and all Provinces will be represented with delegations selected from all regions, sub-regions, and wards of EFF. The NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE will also be attended by progressive formations from across South Africa, NGOs, and independent political parties at local and provincial levels. We call all Economic Freedom Fighters from the African continent, the African Diaspora and progressive internationalists who wish to attend the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE to bring to our attention the interest to attend.

Draft Policy documents and perspectives towards the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE will be made public after the National Policy Dialogue, which will happen on the 19th of July 2013. All South Africans will be afforded an opportunity to input on the policies drafted as means to achieve the Pillars for economic freedom in our lifetime. The key non-negotiable Pillars for economic freedom in our lifetime are the following:

1.      Expropriation of South Africa’s land without compensation for equal redistribution.

2.      Nationalisation of Mines, banks, and other strategic sectors of the economy, without compensation.

3.      Building State and government capacity, which will lead to abolishment of Tenders.

4.      Free quality education, healthcare, houses, and sanitation.

5.      Massive protected industrial development to create millions of sustainable jobs including Introduction of minimum wages in order to close the wage gap between the rich and the poor.

6.      Massive development of the African economy and advocating for a move from reconciliation to justice in the entire continent.

7.      Open, accountable, corrupt-free government and society without fear of victimisation by State agencies.

The NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE will discuss the best models and process of how soon and how best do we realise these pillars. All members of society will have access to the draft policy documents before the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE, and deliberations in this platform will be amongst other things be informed by contributions from all people in South Africa, Africa and the world.

We are here to announce the leaders of all Provincial Central Command teams, and the core of the National Command Team that will lead Economic Freedom Fighters to the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE:

Commander in Chief and National Convenor: Cde Julius Malema

National Co-ordinator: Cde Mpho Ramakatsa

Members of the National Central Command Team:

1.      Floyd Shivambu

2.      Kenny Kunene

3.      Sam Tshabalala

4.      Fana Mokoena

5.      Leigh Ann

6.      Pabane Moteka

7.      Hlayiseka Chawane

8.      Sipho Mbatha

9.      Mandisa Makesini

10.  Hlengiwe Hlophe

Provincial Central Command Teams:

1.      Gauteng

a.      Convenor—Pule Matshithse

b.      Co-ordinators—Parks Khaiyane and  Lufuno Gogoro

2.      KwaZulu Natal

a.      Convenor—Reggie Ngcobo

b.      Co-ordinator—Nathi Phewu

3.      Free State

a.      Convenor—Sam Matiase

b.      Co-ordinator—Willy Tshabalala

4.      Northern Cape

a.      Convenor—Mbuyiselo Matebus

b.      Co-ordinator—Adri Noble

5.      Limpopo

a.      Convenor—Michael Mathebe

b.      Co-ordinator—George Raphela

6.      Western Cape

a.      Convenor—Gcobani Nozongana

b.      Co-ordinator—Lephallo Mahoto

7.      Eastern Cape

a.      Convenor—Themba Kiro

b.      Co-ordinator—Pumza Ntobongwana

8.      Mpumalanga

a.      Convenor—Ayanda Tshabalala

b.      Co-ordinator—Dumisani Ncongwane

9.      North West

a.      Convenor—Alfred Motsi

b.      Co-ordinator—Papiki Babuile

All these Convenors and Co-ordinators are operating within a collective of Provincial Command Teams of 10 Members each. These are comrades and Fighters whose immediate task is establishment of Regional Command Teams, Sub-regional command teams, Ward command teams and selection of representative delegates to the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE.

On Saturday, the 13th of July, EFF will hold Consultative Mass Meetings in the Vaal and in Sasolburg. Details in this regard will be communicated on a separate statement.

On Monday, the 15th of July, EFF will officially announce the National Spokesperson and head of communications, who will handle all media enquiries and communication concerning EFF matters. Volunteers who have responded via social media and email addresses will be contacted by their respective Provincial leadership collectives. Mass rallies and meetings will happen in all communities until the 2014 General Elections and beyond.

ISSUED BY ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS:

Contact Floyd Shivambu – EFF CENTRAL COMMAND MEMBER  0793602026

ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS CENTRAL COMMAND PRESS STATEMENT

11 July 2013

The National Central Command Team of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) held its 1st representative meeting at the 17 Shaft Conference Centre in Johannesburg on the 10th of July 2013. The meeting had representatives from all the 9 Provinces of South Africa, fraternal organisations and progressive Activists who associate with the struggle for economic freedom in our lifetime. We are addressing the media here at Constitution Hill, which is a symbol of South Africa’s political emancipation, which we as Economic Freedom Fighters believe should be elevated through concrete programmes to economic emancipation.

The meeting is a result of the clarion call we made on the 11th of June 2013 that all Economic Freedom Fighters should stand up to answer the question of WHAT IS TO BE DONE? Since the clarion call, thousands of progressive Economic Freedom Fighters, Non-governmental organisations, youth, workers, traditional leaders, Activists, Movements, Non-Profit organisations, political parties, churches, Intellectuals, Academics, Students, Traditional Chiefs, Headmen and Kings, Independent Councillors, Internationalists, and many others have responded to the clarion call and gave definite answers on WHAT IS TO BE DONE?

It is no secret that an absolute majority of all those who have responded are saying that Economic Freedom Fighters should be a radical, Left, and anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist Movement with an internationalist outlook that should contest elections in South Africa. Because Economic Freedom Fighters is led by organic and democratic revolutionary foot soldiers, Volunteers and Organisers, we took a decision that a decision to found a political Movement that will contest elections cannot and should not be taken by few individuals in a haphazard way.

We have since the clarion call on WHAT IS TO BE DONE? Constituted Provincial Central Command teams whose role and focus will be constitution of regional, sub-regional and ward based central command structures in preparation for a the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE. The NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE will be the platform that takes the decision and resolve on the option of founding a Movement that will contest elections, agree on the Constitution, the Colours, Logo, and adopt a Founding Manifesto, which will be the core of the politics and programmes of EFF towards the 2014 general elections. Membership forms, the website, paraphernalia and physical addresses of Economic Freedom Fighters will be unleashed and announced immediately after the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE.

The character of Economic Freedom Fighters will be that of a radical, Left, and anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist Movement with an internationalist outlook anchored by popular grassroots formations and struggles. EFF will be the vanguard of community and workers’ struggles and will always be on the side of the people. EFF will with determination and consistency, associate with the protest movement in South Africa, and will also join in struggles that defy unjust laws. EFF also embrace the radical (not the neo-liberal) interpretation of the Freedom Charter, which says South Africa should belong to all who live in it through equal distribution of South Africa’s wealth and heritage.

Economic Freedom Fighters also embrace the following values and principles:

  • Human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms.
  • Non-racialism and non-sexism.
  • Universal adult suffrage, a national common voters roll, regular elections and a multi-party system of democratic government, to ensure accountability, responsiveness and openness.

The NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE will happen on the 26th and 27th of July 2013 in Soweto, and all Provinces will be represented with delegations selected from all regions, sub-regions, and wards of EFF. The NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE will also be attended by progressive formations from across South Africa, NGOs, and independent political parties at local and provincial levels. We call all Economic Freedom Fighters from the African continent, the African Diaspora and progressive internationalists who wish to attend the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE to bring to our attention the interest to attend.

Draft Policy documents and perspectives towards the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE will be made public after the National Policy Dialogue, which will happen on the 19th of July 2013. All South Africans will be afforded an opportunity to input on the policies drafted as means to achieve the Pillars for economic freedom in our lifetime. The key non-negotiable Pillars for economic freedom in our lifetime are the following:

  1. Expropriation of South Africa’s land without compensation for equal redistribution.
  2. Nationalisation of Mines, banks, and other strategic sectors of the economy, without compensation.
  3. Building State and government capacity, which will lead to abolishment of Tenders.
  4. Free quality education, healthcare, houses, and sanitation.
  5. Massive protected industrial development to create millions of sustainable jobs including Introduction of minimum wages in order to close the wage gap between the rich and the poor.
  6. Massive development of the African economy and advocating for a move from reconciliation to justice in the entire continent.
  7. Open, accountable, corrupt-free government and society without fear of victimisation by State agencies.

The NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE will discuss the best models and process of how soon and how best do we realise these pillars. All members of society will have access to the draft policy documents before the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE, and deliberations in this platform will be amongst other things be informed by contributions from all people in South Africa, Africa and the world.

We are here to announce the leaders of all Provincial Central Command teams, and the core of the National Command Team that will lead Economic Freedom Fighters to the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE:

Commander in Chief and National Convenor: Cde Julius Malema

National Co-ordinator: Cde Mpho Ramakatsa

Members of the National Central Command Team:

  1. Floyd Shivambu
  2. Kenny Kunene
  3. Sam Tshabalala
  4. Fana Mokoena
  5. Leigh Ann
  6. Pabane Moteka
  7. Hlayiseka Chawane
  8. Sipho Mbatha
  9. Mandisa Makesini
  10. Hlengiwe Hlophe

Provincial Central Command Teams:

Gauteng

Convenor—Pule Matshithse

Co-ordinators—Parks Khaiyane and  Lufuno Gogoro

KwaZulu Natal

Convenor—Reggie Ngcobo

Co-ordinator—Nathi Phewu

Free State

Convenor—Sam Matiase

Co-ordinator—Willy Tshabalala

Northern Cape

Convenor—Mbuyiselo Matebus

Co-ordinator—Adri Noble

Limpopo

Convenor—Michael Mathebe

Co-ordinator—George Raphela

Western Cape

Convenor—Gcobani Nozongana

Co-ordinator—Lephallo Mahoto

Eastern Cape

Convenor—Themba Kiro

Co-ordinator—Pumza Ntobongwana

Mpumalanga

Convenor—Ayanda Tshabalala

Co-ordinator—Dumisani Ncongwane

North West

Convenor—Alfred Motsi

Co-ordinator—Papiki Babuile

All these Convenors and Co-ordinators are operating within a collective of Provincial Command Teams of 10 Members each. These are comrades and Fighters whose immediate task is establishment of Regional Command Teams, Sub-regional command teams, Ward command teams and selection of representative delegates to the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE.

On Saturday, the 13th of July, EFF will hold Consultative Mass Meetings in the Vaal and in Sasolburg. Details in this regard will be communicated on a separate statement.

On Monday, the 15th of July, EFF will officially announce the National Spokesperson and head of communications, who will handle all media enquiries and communication concerning EFF matters. Volunteers who have responded via social media and email addresses will be contacted by their respective Provincial leadership collectives. Mass rallies and meetings will happen in all communities until the 2014 General Elections and beyond.

 

ISSUED BY ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS:

Contact Floyd Shivambu – EFF CENTRAL COMMAND MEMBER

0793602026

COMMANDER IN CHIEF JULIUS MALEMA WILL JOIN THE ANTI-CORRUPTION MARCH IN TLOKWE ON FRIDAY, THE 12TH OF JULY 2013 AT 10H00.

11 July 2013

Commander in Chief Julius Malema will join the Anti-Corruption March and Protest Action in Tlokwe on Friday, the 12th of July 2013. The protest action will start at the Tlokwe Stadium and proceed to the Tlokwe Municipality at 10H00. The protest action is amongst other things inspired by the fact that the Zuma African National Congress (ZANC) has expelled from the ANC and Council, 14 hard-working, disciplined and honest Councillors who refused to be led by a questionable Mayor. 

The protest action is open to all members of the media. 

ISSUED BY THE ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS:
Contact: Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (National Spokesperson): 076 834 7308
Sixolise Gcilishe (National Communications Manager): 071 142 1663
Email: communications@effonline.org
Website: http://www.effonline.org
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Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica │ IG: EFFSouthAfrica