EFF hopes to turn KZN red in 2019 elections

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters hopes to turn KwaZulu-Natal red during next year’s general elections.

Its deputy president Floyd Shivambu said the province is key to the party’s strategy.

The EFF is convening an elective provincial conference in Pietermaritzburg this weekend.

KZN is set to become a political playground once again during the 2019 general elections.

The Red Berets want the lion’s share of the electorate in order to govern the ANC-stronghold province and South Africa.

“Unlike in other provinces, here in KwaZulu-Natal the EFF is not number one. The EFF is not number two, the EFF is not number three and we should start in 2019 to change that picture," said Shivambu.

"Our intention should be if we are not number one after the general elections, at least we must be number two. If we don’t win outrightly the provincial government we must be the official opposition here in KwaZulu-Natal,” he said.

Shivambu urged party members to fight ill-discipline.

“We would have never had the growth that the EFF has witnessed in the five years of its existence if we did not have the democratic centralism character that defines it and what underpins and define the democratic centralism character of the EFF is discipline...discipline is very important amongst structures of the EFF and discipline is not a by the way issue.”

This gathering will elect the EFF’s new provincial leadership.

The party’s president Julius Malema is expected to close the conference on Sunday.

EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu says Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was captured by the Guptas.


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