The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is a pan-Africanist political party in South Africa that is left-wing to far-left. Julius Malema, the expelled former President of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), and his friends created it in 2013. Malema is the President of the EFF and heads the Central Command Team, which is the party's central structure. Malema was convicted in 2011 for singing the song "Shoot the Boer," which has been accused of fomenting anti-white and anti-Indian prejudice. In both houses of the South African Parliament, it is currently the third-largest party.
Malema announced during a news conference in Soweto on July 26, 2013, that the new party has over 1000 members, which was more than the minimum 500 for registration with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). After an objection to the EFF's registration by the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) was dropped in September 2013, the EFF is officially registered with the IEC.
According to the EFF's constitution, the party "draws inspiration from the broad Marxist–Leninist tradition and Fanonian schools of thought in their analysis of the state, imperialism, culture, and class tensions in every society."
It criticizes the African National Congress and their main opponent, the Democratic Alliance, for purportedly pro-business positions, claiming that they have sold out South Africa's black people to capitalism as cheap labor.
It promises to combat corruption, provide high-quality social housing, and provide universal primary healthcare and education, as well as expropriate white-owned farmland, nationalize the mining and banking sectors, double welfare grants and the minimum wage, and abolish the proposed highway toll system.
In terms of both style and Marxist doctrine, the EFF is heavily influenced by Burkinabe President Thomas Sankara. Jackie Shandu, a prominent EFF member, termed his party a "proudly Sankarist creation" in a May 2014 piece.
The Democratic Alliance is a political party in South Africa that is the official opposition to the African National Congress (ANC) (ANC). The current leader of the party is John Steenhuisen, who was elected after the party's Federal Congress on November 1, 2020. He previously served as the party's interim head from November 2019 to November 2020, following the resignation of then-leader Mmusi Maimane.
The Democratic Alliance's political philosophy can be summarized as a belief in a "Open Opportunity Society for All." Helen Zille, a former party leader, has claimed that this is in stark contrast to the current African National Congress's approach to governance, which she claims has resulted in a "closed, crony society for some." The ideology of the party's 2009 Election Manifesto, which strives to establish a society by relating outcomes to "opportunity, effort, and aptitude," was based on this.
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