EFF zooms its focus on the youth as it is the party’s biggest demographic and tells it to focus on education as it is the key to success.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) commander-in-chief Julius Malema focused his electioneering on education as the ticket out of poverty while he addressed the masses, mainly made up of the youth, at the Galeshewe circle in Kimberley on Wednesday, 24 April 2019. Malema visited Barkly West and Kimberley on the last leg of his campaign trail before the nation heads to the voting booths on 8 May.
“I am here to make education fashionable. Let us not compete for material things, let us compete for knowledge that cannot be taken away from us. Education and jobs are on the same WhatsApp group,” said Malema.
The party stood firm in its call for free, compulsory, quality schooling and university education, calling for employees to be appointed based on their education. “You must not be employed because you are a member or part of a faction of the ANC,” Malema said.
Malema called for a restructuring of government and called for the removal of all the deputy ministers, including the deputy president, and all other “frivolous” portfolios.
“These ministers do nothing. They are useless and only become useful on payday. We are paying for their offices and staff in Pretoria and Cape Town, as well as their accommodation, catering and travel expenses. If we cut this by half, we will save the money and give it to our grandparents who are taking care of our children. They will not squander the money or use it to buy alcohol,” he continued.
Meanwhile, continuing the focus on students, the EFF’s Makoti Khawula visited a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college in KwaMashu, Durban, to pave way for Malema’s visit early next week. While addressing students, Khawula drove the message of remaining in school as a way out of poverty but was quick to note that this is not the reality for many graduates in South Africa.
“It is painful that some of you do in fact graduate and then do not find jobs and end up turning to drugs. This is why as the EFF we are saying that you must vote for us, so we can bring an end to tenders which enrich only the few,” Khawula tells the group in isiZulu.
She noted that the EFF was focused on the youth and training them because the party believed the youth is the future.
“Ours is a generational mission, we move from one generation to the other. We are more than happy that we have the youth, we have the students.
“The scientific explanation is that any party that has got the support of the young ones, takes over in the next ten to five years. So, these people when they graduate here, they are going into communities, they will be the ones who are going to educate communities.”