THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will have firm anticorruption policies, leader Julius Malema said at its launch in Johannesburg yesterday.
“Our organisation is founded on the principle of anticorruption,” he said.
“No one found guilty of corruption … will wear the beret,” he said, sporting a bright red EFF-branded beret.
Malema is facing corruption charges in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court.
He is accused of making nearly R4-million from corrupt activities and is out on bail of R10 000.
He also faces charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering.
Yesterday Malema said thousands of South Africans had responded to the “clarion call” the EFF made on June 11, asking for contributions on “what is to be done”.
“It is no secret that an absolute majority of all those who have responded are saying that EFF should be a radical, left, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movement with an internationalist outlook that should contest elections in South Africa.”
The expelled ANC Youth League leader said the EFF was changing the political climate, as it was commonly held that it was “cold outside the ANC”.
“But we are making it warm outside the ANC.”
Attempts to discredit the fledgling organisation would not succeed, he said.
“We’ve got the will.
“We are not material-driven. You can take away everything but you cannot take our souls.”
Malema said the EFF was “not my organisation” and it did not “want to be worshippers of an individual”.
There was no such organisation as the ANC, as it had become the “ZANC”, as President Jacob Zuma had subsumed the ruling party.
“The organisation can’t call the president to order.”
Malema also drew a distinction between the EFF and other parties.
“We are not like Agang and all of them. We have a completely different plan.”
This plan included the nonnegotiable principles of land expropriation and nationalisation of mines, both without compensation.
The EFF sought to move away from a discourse of reconciliation to one of justice and would hold a conference in Soweto on July 26 and 27 to work out its policies and manifesto.
“[The EFF is] the people’s organisation, inspired by people’s suffering on the ground.”
It would embrace an “anticapitalist and anti-imperialist ideology”, and aspired to nonracialism and non-sexism.
While white capitalist monopoly was an enemy of the EFF, Malema said “no one is going to be driven into the sea”.
“You are going to be forced to share.”
The EFF was strongly opposed to foreign land ownership. “[There will] never be foreign ownership of land, that is what we will do when we take over.”
Malema appealed for donors to support the organisation, but said the EFF would remain a grassroots organisation, with “no fancy rallies”. — Sapa