HARARE – Hundreds of people gathered in Marikana, North West yesterday for the launch of Julius Malema’s EFF party.
People wearing red berets and T-shirts braved scorching heat as they waited for Malema to arrive.
The crowd was kept entertained by artistes singing and dancing.
Among the songs were “if you touch Malema you will see trouble”, referring to President Jacob Zuma.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) received its registration certificate from the Independent Electoral Commission on Monday last week.
On Saturday, eight cattle were slaughtered ahead of a ceremony at the hill at the Nkaneng informal settlement where police shot dead 34 people, many of them striking miners in August last year.
According to its constitution, the EFF is a radical, left-wing, anti-capitalist, and anti-imperialist movement.
The party claims it provides clear and cogent alternatives to post-colonial economic systems, which in many countries had kept the oppressed under colonial domination.
The party advocates the expropriation of South Africa’s land without compensation, and the nationalisation of mines, banks, and other strategic sectors of the economy.
Malema told the launch that the land of South Africa belongs to the landless.
“This is your land. You (the landless) do not have to pay for the land. It has been already paid by the sweat of your fathers,” he said at the launch of his political party.
He said white South Africans were still refusing to hand over the land they inherited through theft.