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Unveiling the party’s manifesto on Saturday in Soshanguve ahead of the national elections in 2019, EFF leader Julius Malema said landlessness and joblessness “among black people” were at crisis levels. The party seeks to solve this problem by introducing a number of interventions aimed at reviving the economy including tax-free special economic zones in townships and rural areas. The only obligation would be for participating companies in the economic zones to hire at least 2 000 locals each. The party described its plans as “clear, implementable and decisive programmes for all spheres of governance”. “Our manifesto is based on jobs, seeks to help women and young people because they are the ones who suffer the most. We are going to create jobs, open factories where our people are,” said Malema to loud cheers from thousands of EFF supporters.

Just like in 2014, the party has once more called for a R4500 national minimum wage regime. The country’s national minimum wage system wh...

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