The Economic Freedom Fighters EFF lead by CIC Julius Malema has turned 7 years today, gloried for its instant impact on the South African and African political landscape, Malema vows to continue to grow the party.
Addressing the EFF members on Sunday, EFF leader passed a message of hope and solidarity in these COVID-19 trying times.
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Summarized Julius Malema EFF Birthday Speech
Malema: Revolutionary Greetings To The People of South Africa
To our Comrades Across the Continent and in the Diaspora Members of the War Council and the Central Command Team Provincial, Regional and Branch Leaders of the EFF Fellow Fighters and Fearless Ground Forces of the Revolution.
A special greeting to all progressive movements across the continent and the diaspora. I greet you all in the spirit of Pan-African unity and in the Spirit of the 26 July Movement. I greet you all in the spirit of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Frieda Kahlo and all the leaders of the Cuban Revolution, that inspires us and gives meaning to our revolution
It is a day where we commemorate the determination of gallant Cuban forces, who fought against a repressive regime armed with ideas and undying love for the masses of their people
The 26 July Movement of Cuba inspires us to remain loyal to the ideas of equal distribution of land, nationalization, mass education and free quality healthcare for all in a socialist society.
Fellow Fighters the giant movement of the poor, the downtrodden and rejected masses of our people today celebrates its 7th Anniversary
The movement which stands on the shoulders of Winnie Mandela, Zindzi Mandela, Robert Sobukwe, Julius Nyerere, Robert Mugabe, Peter Mokaba and Nomvo Booi has become an unstoppable force of change in Africa
Comrades the Economic Freedom Fighters stands stronger today than ever before, despite all those who had written us off and said we will not last in the political landscape of South Africa.
EFF a force in the political landscape
Born as a response to the inhumane conditions confronting African people, our movement is no longer a baby but a force to be reckoned with that has shape the politics of the country and the continent
Malema: There is no one today who can deny, that this young organization represents the future and embodies superior ideas
It is a movement that has inspired our people to have dignity and defend themselves from injustice.
Fellow Fighters, today we celebrate an organization that was born off the sweat of the working class. We celebrate an economic emancipation movement whose loyalty is to the most exploited and the most marginalized
Malema: We celebrate the growth of a movement of domestic workers, security guards, gardeners, mine workers and street cleaners. A movement of land occupations, student protests and agitation.
We celebrate an organization that exists in the long blood-line of anti-colonialists who fought to defend the land of African people from all those who wished to exploit us
EFF survived beyond expectations of critics
Malema: Our movement has survived all the doomsayers.
We have defeated all those who thought we were made on Twitter and newspapers, all of those who did not understand that the EFF is a movement whose roots are in the masses of our people. Movement born out of the angry demands for land and for the wealth of Africa to be in the hands of Africans.
Fighters we are here today because we have remained loyal to our principles and have championed the struggles of our people without compromise.
Malema: We have never compromised on core program of the EFF, the 7-non-negotiable cardinal pillars, and as a protest movement we have demanded that those who have been forgotten be given what they deserve as the rightful heirs of Africa.
In the past 7-years, we have followed in the footsteps of King Hintsa, King Shaka, King Moshoeshoe, Queen Nzinga, of King Sekhukhune and are determined to complete the fight of our ancestors to defend our land.
We have been through great challenges and great successes, but we declare without fear or favor that the EFF will make it to a decade of championing the struggles of our people and defending the dignity of a black child
Our continent is one that is bruised and scarred by colonial domination, imperial exploitation and the rampant corruption of those we have trusted, to change our lives for the better.
We are a product of a history of violent disruption in the life of Africa. In 1652, the first colonialist arrived to decide that they have a right to dominate us in our own land
An arrogant race of people arrived in South Africa and assumed themselves as superior, taking advantage of the kindness of our people and disrupting African life.
We trace the problems we face today, of economic dispossession and a minority that undermines black people to those early days, when one race thought of itself as superior because of the color of their skin
The descendants of arrogant colonialists claim to have worked hard for a wealth they inherited, which was achieved through theft and conquest
We are told today by racists, that the violent murder of our forefathers and the theft of our land was necessary to develop us
It is for this reason that we remain a child race, only good to be domestic workers and gardeners of white people, because our history was distorted, and we were made to look like people who could not govern their own affairs.
When we say we want our land and economy, the very same colonialist attitude, that says black people are not developed enough is the response to our cries and we are made to think that it is only white people who are capable enough to run a sophisticated society.
We reject the idea that black people are incapable of determining their own destiny and running their own affairs.
We want our Land Back
We want our land back, we want our economy back and we want to be allowed to decide the fate of Africa, on our own terms without any imperialist supervision.
Expropriation of South Africa’s land without compensation for equal redistribution in use. Nationalisation of mines, banks, and other strategic sectors of the economy, without compensation.
Building state and government capacity, which will lead to the abolishment of tenders. Free quality education, healthcare, houses, and sanitation.
Massive protected industrial development to create millions of sustainable jobs, including the introduction of minimum wages in order to close the wage gap between the rich and the poor.
Malema: It has become a desk of white-monopoly capital, that appoints a different manager every five years, to manage the affairs of the rich at the expense of the poor.
The former liberation movement no longer has any coherent program of action to change the conditions of our people, and have sold their duties of governing this country to the highest bidder.
There are no longer any politics, it has become about self-enrichment and personal advancement, while our people remain in poverty.
EFF to build the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Combined School
The EFF must build the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Combined School. The school will accommodate brilliant pupils who come from poor backgrounds and who have lost their parents as a result of HIV/AIDS.
The school will have an independent board of trustees and will be equipped with the best teachers and the best sporting equipment.
It is a school that will champion new decolonized modes of teaching, learning and centre Africans and African development in its curriculum