The leader of the Fighters for Economic Freedom, Julius Malema, says he is confident that the party will reach some municipalities in the Northwest.
Speaking during his campaign at Sunrise Park in Rustenburg, Malema said the party had gained valuable administrative experience in local government since the 2016 local elections.
The Rustenburg region, which still suffers from water, housing and electricity shortages, has been one of the party’s strongholds.
Malema says that if they are elected to power, they will revive struggling municipalities in the Northwest.
“Remember that in 2016 we did not have leadership experience, especially with regard to the local municipality. We are now in a much better position and that is why our people in the Northwest are calling for the EFF everywhere and that is what we are going to do.
Julius Malema takes the EFF election campaign to Rustenburg:
The priorities of the 2021 EFF Manifesto
Land and agrarian economy
Each EFF municipality will conduct a land audit of its municipal areas and expropriate abandoned and unused land for redistribution to the landless. The informal settlements will also be formalized to ensure that these areas are serviced and properly zoned to ensure that houses can be built in these areas in the short to medium term.
Poor households and free basic services
Increasing most social allowances, for example, allowances for the elderly will increase from R1 890 to R3 780 per month; and child support allowances will increase from R460 to R920 per month.
Local government capacity
Each EFF municipality will abolish tendering and internal services, including security services, cleaning services, gardening, horticulture and landscaping services.
Each EFF municipality will declare a special economic zone with zero corporate taxes and construction allowances for all businesses that need infrastructure in return for producing products that contribute to municipal services and create jobs.
Gender and women
Each EFF municipality will ensure that there is more than 50% representation of women in all spheres representing economic benefit, political participation, management responsibility and leadership.
EFF municipalities will prioritize primary health care focused on quality clinical services, home visits and municipal disease profiling through municipal clinical facilities.
Each EFF municipality will change the zoning of all informal settlements under its jurisdiction to formal settlements and provide them with water, electricity and sanitation.
EFF municipalities will grant indigenous and traditional fishermen 50% of all fishing quotas
EFF municipalities will stop owning bulk water supply infrastructure and ensure that every household, factory, farm, school and public infrastructure has access to safe drinking water.
EFF municipalities will ensure that all schools have flush toilets.
EFF municipalities will strengthen law enforcement to fight corruption, gangs and drug lords.
Environment and climate change
EFF municipalities will encourage companies to use clean energy, use clean water recycling methods and limit their pollution levels.
Each EFF municipality will ensure that at least 40% of the people it employs are between 18 and 35 years old. Each EFF municipality will guarantee free driving license lessons and a driving license test to all those registered in its locality.
EFF municipalities will audit all municipal infrastructure such as stadiums, lodges, farms and airports to determine true ownership and contract status and will cancel any contracts that do not advance the project. development of the municipality.
EFF municipalities will repossess all hijacked buildings and reuse all those buildings and review all long-term leases that previous municipalities have with different businesses and individuals.
Each EFF municipality will ensure that the chairman of the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) is elected from the opposition benches to ensure transparency and oversight of the executive.
Read the full EFF 2021 Local Election Manifesto:
-Compiled by Amil Umraw, SABC specialist researcher
– From the EFF website