The so-called red berets are celebrating 5 years since being formed, with festivities expected to take place in the Eastern Cape, where the party is drumming up support.
On Thursday, 26 July 2018 the Economic Freedom Fighters marks one year since its formation in 2013. The red berets are currently in the Eastern Cape where they will be celebrating the anniversary on Saturday, 28 July 2018 at Sisa Dukashe in East London where they will also be slaughtering 10 cows. The party’s top leadership including Commander-in-Chief Julius Malema, his deputy Floyd Shivambu and chairperson Dali Mpofu have all been spotted at various gatherings in the town, where they have been drumming up support.
Ahead of the festivities, EFF members brought the city to a standstill and forced businesses to close shop on Tuesday when they marched to several business premises, accusing them of exploiting workers. The demonstrations come after a reported 35 complaints were laid against the businesses.
Malema also told supporters that despite former president Jacob Zuma’s resignation from office, there we still some unresolved issues and said they would turn his private Nkandla homestead into a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College. “We want that house that was built with our money to be turned into a TVET College in Nkandla so that our money can serve our people”, said Malema.
The EFF shocked many when it attained one million votes in its first election in 2014, making it the third largest political party in the country. The party has come to be known for its theatrics in Parliament, including the infamous “Pay back the money” chant in 2015, which served as a demand to then President Jacob Zuma to pay back R246 million of state funds which had been used for upgrades to his Nkandla home.