CIC JULIUS MALEMA WILL APPEAR AT THE PRETORIA HIGH COURT TOMORROW, 4 JULY 2019
The CIC Julius Malema will appear at the Pretoria High Court regarding the matter of the constitutionality of the Riotous Assemblies Act.
The court appearance will take place under the following details:
Date: 4 July 2019 (Tomorrow)
Venue: Pretoria High Court
ISSUED BY THE ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS:
Contact: Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (National Spokesperson): 076 834 7308
Sixolise Gcilishe (National Communications Manager): 071 142 1663
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The EFF calls for a people’s development oriented budget speech. We call on the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, to include the following Nine points:
- Doubling of Social and Pension Grants to provide relief for the poor and dejected masses of our people.
- He must reverse the VAT rate from 15% to 14% - the decision to increase VAT was due to the mismanagement of the economy by the ANC and the collapse of SARS, which led to a high revenue shortfall. It was easy to shift the burden to citizens through a tax increase, which would affect everyone, including poor people, as the simplest form of revenue collection with minimal work. The 7.1% has hit the poor and workers the hardest, even after the attempt to disguise it with increase of zero rated items however;; majority of items people consume were not included. So he must reverse VAT and also scrap VAT on books.
- Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF) have been very dynamic, important instruments, and mechanisms to save and redistribute wealth in resource rich countries. In our founding manifesto we said that, “Owing to surpluses and many sustainable-developmental considerations that will be generated as a result of the South African state’s control and ownership of strategic sectors of the economy, government should establish a sovereign wealth fund, which will prudently invest in the development of the African economy. This fund will also assist in the insulation of the South African economy whenever there are volatilities in resource-sector prices and when non-renewable resources are exhausted. Most countries, including China, the US, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Libya, Nigeria, Chile, France and many others, have sovereign wealth funds for these purposes. As we speak, despite massive resource riches, South Africa has no sovereign wealth fund, mainly because South Africans do not own their resources.”
- He must increase corporate income tax from 28% to 32% - for far too long, workers, through personal income tax, and everyone, including poor people, through VAT, has been an easy target for revenue collection when companies where engaging in serious aggressive tax avoidance. To begin with, the reason why tax was reduced from 48% to now 28% were all never achieved. Companies promised competitiveness, jobs and industrialization with low corporate tax rate. Instead, corporate income tax has been declining as contribution to overall revenue collection with personal income tax and VAT contribution to overall taxes have been increasing.It is time companies make a fair contribution instead of being subsidized by workers and poor people.
- He must announce the abolishment of tenders, starting with cleaning, gardening, and security guards - majority of these tenders are criminal site. Prices are inflated, not well structured, and therefore, government does not have a recourse in the event of poor services, and workers who are explicated, paid peanuts with job security, and often sustainable as these are awarded in a corrupt manner. To abolish these tenders is part of a large project to build much needed state capacity, and bring dignity to workers through job security with pension. This is the low hangingfruit for government to save money immediately
- He must tell us when the government is going to establish a state-owned bank (this is not just one, but will form a set of state-owned banks in different sectors) - a state-owned Bank is the more efficient and direct way the government will be able to influence the allocation of credit into developmental projects in an affordable and sustainable manner. In this way, state-owned bank, will play a role in transforming the financial sector, because banks constitute the largest component of the financial sector. With the banking space dominated by ABSA, FNB, STANDARD BANK AND NEDBANK, race has been used as a way of deciding access to banking services, especially credit. Blacks are charged high interest, denied credit for business,and are required to put collateral they don’t have. A state-owned bank will intervene, but also provide banking for government and all state-owned entities in an affordable way.
- He must enforce the Anti-Avoidance of Tax - a legislation that is going to make aggressive tax avoidance illegal, including removing any uncertainty and ambiguities which auditing companies manipulate as tax planning. South Africa loses more than R150 billion annually, and this needs drastic measures, of which the legislation is the beginning. SARS needs a dedicated unit to deal with illicit financial flows with a focus on multinational companies with subsidiaries in tax havens.
- He must tell the nation as to when is government is going to establish a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into illicit financial flows, because it will be impossible to put legislative and administrative measures unless we understand the full extent of illicit financial flows from 1994.
- He must announce the cancellation of all purchasing power agreements with Independent Power Producers (IPPs) signed in all four bid windows - when presenting the interim financial statements in November 2018, Eskom CFO, Cassin, said that the cost of IPPs average R2.12 per kWh and Eskom can only sell at a regulated price, by Nersa, of less than 90c. He further called on government to intervene before IPPs collapse Eskom. Now Eskom debt has increased to more than R450 billion. Government’s guarantees portfolio, totals more than R670 billion, of which in September 2018, Eskom accounted for R350 billion of the total guarantees. This means Eskom is the biggest threat to South Africa, and all effort to stabilize the power utility requires decisive and urgent decision making starting with cancellation of IPPs, which will lead to liquidity stability immediately.
The EFF has received media enquiries regarding an assassination threat on the life of the CIC, Julius Malema which had been planned to be executed during the 2019 State of the Nation Address yesterday.
The security threat implicates elite members of the police, who are in collaboration with right wing groups to take the life of the CIC, in an attempt to undermine the advances on the expropriation of land without compensation discourse, that will soon be law.
We are told that the Parliamentary Security Service, a.k.a “white shirts”, have been infiltrated by these groups and targeted the occasion of the SONA to execute the assassination. The hope was that the EFF caucus would be kicked out of the house ,using the parliamentary security (white Shirts). The anticipated evil acts would then be carried out during this moment of chaos. The EFF can confirm this and any further inquiries regarding this threat must be directed to the SAPS and the minister of police.
Accordingly, when the CIC, Malema, and the EFF leadership were unreasonably stopped by these white shirts in parliament, after the house had been adjourned, we all thought this was the moment and reacted with the necessary self-defence. The event of a white security man in black and white, being pushed and clapped in the face, followed him violently pulling the CIC Malema, from passing through the corridor doors of the National Assembly.
We must put it on record that according to the Powers, Privileges, and Immunities of Members of Parliament Act, Section 7 (c), no one is allowed to obstruct MPs in the precinct of parliament from going anywhere to do their work. It is illegal and those who do security in the precinct should be well aware of these provisions.
The EFF is, nonetheless, not moved or intimidated by these reports of a security threat. The basis for not turning SONA into a Question and Answer session, as communicated in our January press conference, is because President Cyril Ramaphosa complied with our
demands. We had said he must come clean in the BOSASA money that he has received;; and communicate this in an open media platform. He not only did so at the ENCA, he also
released his statement to the Public Protector regarding the matter. This proves him as a man who does not think of himself as above the law, because all of us must be accountable and never take parliament for granted.
Economic Freedom Fighters held a Special Meeting of the Central Command Team in which a special focused agenda was discussed relating to, amongst other things; Strategic Planning, IEC Registration, National Elections, and the EFF Official Launch. The meeting was held at the Easy Hotel in Braamfontein Johannesburg on the 11th of September, 2013; the eve of the anniversary of the death of Steve Biko. Coming out of this meeting, the following have come out as the central issues for broader communication to the public and fighters in general;
Official Launch of the EFF in Marikana
The Central Command Team welcomed the Independent Electoral Commission’s decision to register the EFF as a political party despite the objections by the right wing Afrikaner organisations. This served as yet another reminder of what the revolutionary program of the movement represents to the establishment, particularly amongst those who speak on behalf of the interests of the white monopoly capital. Following the postponement of the launch in light of awaiting the IEC process of registration to complete, the EFF has resolved to officially launch the movement of the people under the following details:
Date: 13 October, 2013
Venue: Marikana, North West Province
The decision to launch in Marikana was upheld as it had originally been the idea. The CCT reaffirmed Marikana as a significant venue to officially launch the movement specifically due to its symbolic importance. Marikana represents the collapse of the 1994 social pact, particularly in its failure to restore dignity to the black and African majority following centuries of slavery, colonisation and apartheid. The fall of the 34 black workers who were brutally gunned down by the ZANC regime speaks volumes to the urgent need to radically continue the struggle for economic freedom in our lifetime. The EFF identifies with these fallen heroes, and goes to Marikana to pick up the blood red spears from the valley of the Coppie to continue the struggle.
All EFF structures, particularly those close to the North West Province are encouraged to mobilise towards the launch and make the necessary arrangements to make sure people come to the historic launch of the EFF. Convenors and Coordinators of regions must therefore be in contact with their provincial leadership to develop programs that will ensure the road to Marikana is smooth and becomes a historic success.
Strategic Planning Meeting
The CCT resolved to set aside three days into strategic planning and political education. The strategic planning will specifically speak to the development of the communications policy, elections manifesto and campaign strategy, as well as fundraising. Critical to this meeting will be a politics and economics education program that seeks to deepen the CCT’s revolutionary practice and consciousness, as Lenin said “there is no revolutionary practice, without revolutionary theory”. This education program will workshop amongst other things; Essentials of Political Economy (Marxist Economics), Governance, and the revolutionary theory of decolonisation founded in the combination of Marx, Lenin and Fanon writings. The meeting will also take a comprehensive report of the state of membership and structures of the EFF from all provinces. The strategic planning meeting will happen under the following;
Date: 4, 5, 6 October, 2013
Appointments, Deployments and Reshufflings
The CCT also welcomed new members into its ranks. These are commissars;
It also released fighter Gcobani Nozongana rom his duties as coordinator of the Western Cape. The CCT received reports on the conduct of the fighter, which had culminated in him making public assertions that brought the province and organisation into disrepute. The CCT reiterates that in its ranks are only fighters, commissars and leaders with the revolutionary marks of pursuing the program of economic freedom. There are no ‘baby sitters’! The EFF dispels all notions suggesting there to be any ageism in its leadership and reaffirms its absolute faith in the commandership of fighter Julius Sello Malema.
Most importantly, the CCT has noted, following illustrious reports from the PCT members, how fighter Gcobani Nozongana as thus far not performed his duties in the position of coordinator with the necessary patience, humility and emotional intelligence that working with people requires. Although a passionate fighter himself he has failed to move with the people, and thus the CCT saw it necessary to move him and allocate these duties to another fighter who will be announced in due course. The activities of the Western Cape continue as before and fighters are encouraged to support the PCT till the position of coordinator is filled, which will happen with speed.
The CCT has also resolved to appoint fighter Godrick*** as the National Elections Coordinator for 2014 National General Elections. The commissar will be supported by a team of coordinators from all the 9 provinces who will work on an elections campaign strategy that will be presented and adopted at the Strategic Planning meeting as communicated above.
Finally, by the 20th of September, 2014 CCT members will receive deployments from the National Coordinator to attend to different provinces right to the ground, so as to reinforce and intensify the work of establishing EFF structures. In the same spirit, the CCT also resolved that the Commander in Chief will be launching at least five branches of the EFF before the official Launch in Marikana in different communities.
The Central Command Team is confident that the EFF is indeed growing and that its growth is sustained by the selfless sacrifices of ordinary fighters on the ground, who have been working tirelessly to raise the flag of economic freedom. Red berets are increasingly defining the symbolic battle ground of ideas in different communities, also becoming the sign of open defiance of the ZANC criminal regime. Fighters, like many revolutionaries that we draw inspiration from, are also facing exclusion, torture and targets of all kinds of covert missions of those who want to defend the status quo. The CCT urges all fighters to be strong, act as much as possible with retrain, but stand their revolutionary ground with resilience.
As we paint South Africa red, and mobilise towards the historic official launch our movement in Marikana, we must walk and work our revolution with patience and pride, knowing that one day, economic freedom and justice will reign in our land.
Long Live the EFF, Long Live!
Issued by the EFF Central Command Team
Contact: Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (National Spokesperson)
Cell: 073 133 3012
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