Just to clarify a point raised by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema in his recent video interview with the Financial Mail. In my informal discussions with both Malema and Floyd Shivambu, at no stage did I ever suggest or imply that they must form a political party.
In responding to their question about what they should do in the aftermath of their expulsion from the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), I suggested that they establish a left-wing nongovernmental organisation to work on the strategic vision of economic freedom.
So I was never part of any decision or plan to establish the EFF. The party’s economic programme is noble, but should be led and championed by the African National Congress-led alliance, particularly the SA Communist Party (SACP), despite its imperfections.
In fact the EFF economic programme was adopted by the 2011 ANCYL, which elected Malema and Shivambu. I cannot dissociate myself from the economic programme because Malema and Shivambu were expelled from the ANCYL. We need a broad united front for economic freedom under the SACP leadership.
former Young Communist League national chairman