EFF leader Julius Malema has called for unity among the
forces of the political Left in the face of what he regards as a right wing
onslaught by “that ugly Helen Zille”, white monopoly capital, the Ramaphosa-led
ANC government and Afriforum.
Malema told about 4 000 cheering delegates at the EFF’s People’s Assembly (its equivalent of a national conference) at Nasrec south of Johannesburg that those who constituted the right wing onslaught must be destroyed by leftist forces including the EFF and trade unions Numsa and Amcu.
All indications were that Malema would be the only nominee
for the EFF Presidency, with nominations and elections for the party’s six top
leadership elections taking place very late Saturday night and into the small
hours of Sunday morning, and results to be announced mid-morning Sunday.
EFF unlikely to support National Health Insurance
In an important development, the EFF leader confirmed that
his party was very weary of, and unlikely to support, the government’s proposed
plans for national health insurance (NHI) in its current form, because although
the red berets support the principle of NHI, it viewed the proposed funding
model as completely unrealistic and had no faith in the present government to
implement it successfully as a bulwark of quality health care.
On expropriation without compensation, Malema said the EFF
has not submitted its proposal for the amendment of section 25 of the
Constitution (the property clause) yet, but it will be doing so in due course.
He reiterated that any amendment would have to conform with EFF policy as set
out in its non-negotiable policy pillars, and that the EFF would not be
supporting any ANC proposal if it did not fundamentally and meaningfully
changed the present situation.
Malema put on record the EFF’s commitment to the rule of law
and democracy. He said although the party might criticise judgments, it would
not attack the integrity of judges and would accept the eventual outcome of the
That is why it opposed the removal of Public Protector
Busisiwe Mkhwebane from office – it believed every report by her office should
be judges on its own merit and that there is more than enough space to
challenge it in court when she errs – as she does – by taking it on judicial
review, but that the incumbent must be supported in the same way the EFF always
supported, respected and never personally attacked Thuli Madonsela when she was
Malema fires back at
Without specifically referencing certain DA leaders, Malema
also attacked those who called the EFF fascist, calling it intellectual
dwarfism which could only mean those who made the accusations either are lazy
thinkers, or did not study history, or failed to comprehend fascism, or were
merely being vacuously insulting.
In his speech, which lasted three hours, Malema included a
researched historic overview of fascist philosophy, contrasting it with the
EFF’s belief in democracy, the rule of law, freedom of speech and of the media,
its rejection of violence, homophobia, xenophobia and nationalism. Its
insistence on human rights and its opposition to centralised leadership and
leadership cults – thus proposing that the facts mitigate against any
accusation of fascism by the EFF.
And in apparent reaction to those who criticise the
expensive tastes of some EFF leaders, Malema contended that you did not have to
live in a squatter camp, be dirty or ride a bicycle to be able to fight for the
improvement of the wretched life of South Africa’s poor.
The EFF’s national people’s assembly continues until Monday.