Julius Malema, the fiery South African politician and former African National Congress Youth League leader, set the wheels in motion for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) back in 2013. The EFF proudly labels itself as a radical and militant leftist party, championing ideals like taking over major businesses, redistributing land without compensation, and adopting socialist policies to usher in economic freedom for all South Africans.
Within the EFF, there are cadres, or members, who put it all on the line in the quest for economic independence, despite numerous roadblocks. These dedicated individuals are well aware of the personal risks involved, yet they stand firm in advancing the party’s objectives and principles. Their roles are diverse, including gathering donations, launching local campaigns, and advocating for policies that aim to bridge the economic and social gaps in South Africa.
The EFF’s cadres face one substantial adversary on their path to change: established political parties and interest groups. The EFF takes a bold stance on matters like land redistribution and nationalization, a stance that encounters strong resistance from those who benefit from the current state of affairs. Nevertheless, the cadres of the EFF persist in galvanizing support among economically vulnerable communities, relentlessly working towards economic self-sufficiency.
In comparison to more seasoned political entities, the EFF operates with limited resources. However, this shortfall is balanced out by the loyalty and determination of its cadres. They engage in volunteer rallies, door-to-door canvassing, and community outreach initiatives to disseminate the party’s mission far and wide.
Political activism often brings personal perils and threats, and EFF cadres are no strangers to these dangers. Some have experienced intimidation and assault due to the party’s vocal condemnation of corruption and state capture in South Africa. Despite these challenges, EFF cadres unwaveringly pursue economic independence for all South Africans.
To equip its cadres for these challenges, the EFF leadership provides training and guidance. The party places a strong emphasis on political education and intellectual growth, ensuring that its cadres are well-versed in its ideals and policies. This prepares them to effectively convey the EFF’s message and rally support from diverse segments of the population.
In the face of numerous hurdles, EFF cadres are resolute in their mission for economic independence in South Africa. Their unwavering commitment to the party’s values and goals is evident through their tireless grassroots organizing, persistent advocacy, and selfless sacrifices. EFF cadres continue to fight for economic freedom for all South Africans, even in the face of opposition from established political parties, scarce resources, personal risks, and threats.
Disciplined cadres of our revolution will remain resolute to the course of the EFF agenda, no matter what. Committed to the struggle of the working class to realise economic freedom in our lifetime. It is times like these where we realize those who in it for the money. 👏👏
— Mbulawa Athini (@IsiKhokhelo) October 20, 2023