EFF beats combined ANC, DA manifesto launches
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – IF the capacity crowd recorded at Orlando Stadium is anything to go-by, the chances of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) wresting some power in the local government election are high.
The elections are scheduled for August 3, 2016.
On Saturday, thousands of EFF supporters filled the giant Orlando Stadium to capacity, outshining both the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) as mainly the poor and unemployed youths resonate with the party’s policies.
Two weeks ago, ANC launched its election manifesto, which failed to fill the 35,000 seater Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape despite importing supporters from other provinces as far as Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal and North North West.
The main opposition, DA, also reacted to ANC by launching its own manifesto last week, which was a far cry crowd of less than half of the 10,000 size Rand Stadium in Johannesburg.
The capacity crowd of 40,000 at Orlando Stadium with others sitting in the pitch lawn while a sea of red berets and overalls spilled outside showed that the new political party has the support of Gauteng province’s youths, mainly the unemployed and the poor as they chanted “Juju, Juju, Juju, EFF, EFF!”.
The capacity crowd capped it up with a rousing welcome of their leader, Julius Malema, who later addressed the bumper crowd.
The thunderous crowd roared to life when the EFF Commander-In-Chief (CIC) Malema lifted his right arm as he greeted the jam packed stadium.
Even some ANC supporters were part of the EFF crowd while the DA “spies” in the crowd also confirmed that EFF was the people’s party.
“I must admit, EFF has the majority support in Gauteng province. It’s not us DA accepting this reality, even ANC are in agreement,” said Melissa Rikhotso of the DA.
ANC’s Vusi Mkutukane, said: “We have been beaten hands down by EFF! Today’s rally actually confirms the province is no longer interested in both ANC and DA policies. As ANC, I think what will hurt us most in the local government elections are scandal after scandals of our ruling party leaders exacerbated by their association with the controversial Gupta family.”
Tinyiko Chauke of ANC, who was also among the crowd told CAJ News Africa she only came to see whether the EFF supporters were bused or else came to the stadium on their own accord.
“I realised my party (ANC)’s association with the Guptas plus president Jacob Zuma’s controversial Nkandla as well as the unwarranted expulsion of Nhlanhla Nene from cabinet will always come to haunt our beloved liberation party.
“I think this capacity EFF crowd speaks volume of people’s discontentment about ANC and its conduct. DA are not even counted in this,” said Chauke.
– CAJ News
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