The highlights of EFF’s election manifesto

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Copy of ST EFF 016 (40194494) INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters, led by Julius Malema, gathered at the Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa for the partys manifesto launch. File photo: Itumeleng English

The EFF’s election manifesto focuses on seven key socio-economic and political issues. These include economic emancipation for rapid economic and industrial development; provision of quality social welfare services; radical transformation of the state into a people’s driven state and governance and ending global imperialist dominance by the West.

 

Economic emancipation for rapid economic and industrial development

n Lead massive labour-absorptive and sustainable industrial development by.

n Protecting sustainable industrial development and diversification to create millions of decent jobs through state-led industrialisation.

n Beneficiating and industrialising a minimum of 50% of all mineral resources locally.

n Producing and processing all food for local consumption in the country by intensifying small scale farming and agriculture and legally compelling food traders to buy local products.

n Building a sustainable food economic chain which will supply food items to other parts of the world to create millions of jobs.

n Helping communities in the coastal areas to start agro-fishing businesses and cooperatives.

n Granting fishing rights to the fishing communities in the coastal areas and provide them with strategic support.

n Ensuring that all products and goods that contribute to State construction projects are locally produced, unless in exceptional cases.

n Ensuring the development, protection and localisation of industries that deal in glass, building materials, furniture and electronics, among others.

n Supporting SMMEs to play an active role in the economy by building and supporting 1 million enterprises between 2014 and 2019.

n Protecting the rights of street hawkers to trade in a safe and clean environment in all cities.

 

Enforcing minimum wages and banning labour brokers by

* Implementing a minimum wage of R4500 across the board for all full-time workers.

* Passing legislation to increase minimum wages in all sectors, which will take the following format:

Mineworkers: R12 500 per month.

Farm workers: R5 000 per month.

Manufacturing workers: R6 500.

Retail workers (Cashiers and retail store assistants): R5 000.

Builders: R7 000.

Petrol attendants: R5 000

Cleaners: R4 500

Domestic workers: R 500

Private security guards: R 500.

Full time waiters and waitresses: R4 500.

* Abolishing all contract work and labour brokers regulating retrenchments by compelling companies to continue paying workers’ salaries for 6 months post retrenchment.

* Ensuring equal pay for equal work, irrespective of gender, race, class and place of origin.

 

Reviewing Black Economic Empowerment and Affirmative Action by:

* By limiting and ultimately curbing the recurrent enrichment of few individuals.

* Ensuring ownership and control of all businesses outside state control reflects the country’s demographics.

* Pursuing and ensuring maximum compliance to affirmative action laws to end the white male domination in the economy.

* Abolish incentives that pay white companies for complying with affirmative action.

 

Education and training.

* Provide free quality education for the poor from early childhood development to tertiary level.

* Impose education tax on all corporations and use the money to fund education and training.

* Introduce a scholarship which will take a minimum of 15 000 students (5000 of which will be medical practitioners) to the best universities across the world.

* Cancel student debts.

* Introduce history as a compulsory subject to instil consciousness.

* Provide compulsory Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes to all children aged 3 years.

* Reopen teacher colleges to intensify training.

* Improve the remuneration and working conditions of academics to keep them in the profession.

* Transform professional bodies for Chartered Accountants, Engineers, Architects to ensure they accredit more previously disadvantaged individuals.

 

Healthcare

* Priotise the training of Professional and Community Healthcare Practitioners.

* Build a State Pharmaceutical Company to produce and distribute medicines.

* Build a state owned healthcare equipment company to build healthcare equipment.

* Produce essential generic medicines without regard to Intellectual Property Rights regimes.

* Provide healthcare facilities to all communities.

* Send a minimum of 5 000 young South Africans per annum to train as doctors abroad.

* Ensure that practitioners with administrative experience run hospitals.

* Expedite the implementation of National Health Insurance.

* Ensure hospital care is not determined by provincial boundaries.

* Incorporate traditional healers into the healthcare system.

* Work towards realising a 0% HIV infection rate.

* Reopen nursing colleges.

 

Housing and sanitation

* Provide quality houses with water and electricity.

* Subsidise housing finance for middle income earners and reduce housing loans from 20 to a maximum of 10 years.

* Ban the repossession by banks of houses from people who have paid 50% of the bonds, and are unable to continue paying the bond due to socio-economic circumstances.

* Abolish the bucket system within five years.

 

Safety and security

* Increase police visibility and making the criminal justice system more efficient.

* Hire police reservists permanently to increase police visibility.

* Guarantee the right of communities to assemble and protest, with no intimidation from the police.

* Ban usage of live ammunition during protests.

* Ensure all security workers protecting state institutions are employed by government.

 

TRANSFORMATION OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM:

* Ensure that the criminal justice system is efficient, and all South African citizens have access to justice.

* Ensure no one is denied justice irrespective of their race, gender and economic status.

* Establish specialised courts to deal with public service corruption and maladministration.

 

GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN EMANCIPATION:

* Ensure a minimum of 50% women representation in all economic benefit and political participation and managerial and leadership responsibility.

 

QUALITY ROADS, TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE:

* Employ communities to build roads.

* Abolish e-tolls and will physically remove them.

* Subsidize the taxi industry with the intention of reducing taxi fares and improving salaries and working conditions of drivers.

* Expand the railways and buy new trains.

* Ensure affordable and accessible public transport system.

 

SOCIAL GRANTS:

* Increase social grants to take the following shape:

Grant for older persons: Increase from R1 300 to R2 600 per month.

Disability grant: Increase from R1 200 to R2 400 per month.

War veterans grant: Increase from R1 220 to R2 440 per month.

Care dependency grant: Increase from to R1 200 to R2 400 per month.

Foster child grant: Increase from R800 to R1 600 per month.

Child support grant: Increase from R300 to R600 per month.

* Use social grants as an instrument to boost local economies and address crisis levels of poverty.

* Create millions of jobs to decrease dependency on social grants.

* Pay all grants through the post office and post bank.

* Introduce a social grant of R2 500 per month for all terminally ill South Africans.

* Explore and investigate the possibility of paying Basic Income Grants.

 

RURAL DEVELOPMENT, LAND AND AGRARIAN REFORM:

* Bring economic activity to rural areas.

* Redistribute land equally amongst all people.

* Help small scale agriculture with agricultural implements.

* Revive abandoned factories in the townships and rural areas.

* Help chicken farmers with state owned hatcheries.

* Assist small agriculture by compelling food retailers to buy local agricultural products.

* Ban the production of Genetically Modified Organism (GMOs).

 

FIGHTING CORRUPTION:

* Enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of governance institutions to avoid corruption.

* Abolish the usage of private companies to fulfil government functions.

* Ban government usage of consultants and project management units.

* Establish State Administration Courts to promptly respond to incidents of corruption with the aim of firing and blacklisting corruption state employees and private companies, and recover money.

* Introduce a minimum of 20 years sentence for those convicted of corruption.

* Protect the independence of the Public Protector, the Auditor General and other anti- corruption institutions.

* Ban public representatives and public servants from doing business with the State.

 

PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES USING PUBLIC SERVICES:

* Limit the perks of public representatives by banning the purchase of cars and houses for ministers and MECs.

* Compel all public office bearers, including the president and his/her family, to use state schools and healthcare facilities.

 

ADEQUATE SALARIES AND WORKING CONDITIONS OF ALL PUBLIC SERVANTS:

* Increase the salaries of all public servants such as teachers, nurses and police by a minimum of 50%.

* Reduce the wage gap in the public sector.

* Abolition of five years working experience requirements to enable new entrants into the public service.

 

LAND EXPROPRIATION WITHOUT COMPENSATION:

* Allow State to take over all land and force current occupants to apply for the re-issue of licences for agricultural purposes.

* Ensure equitable land ownership.

* Ban all forms of foreign land ownership and introduce a land lease system.

* Adopt a principle of “use it or lose it” on land use.

 

NATIONALISATION OF MINES:

* Amend current laws to ensure that a minimum of 60% of existing mines are owned by the State, workers, and mining communities.

* Use benefits from the mines to create jobs, reduce poverty and fund social economic programmes.

 

NATIONALISATION OF PRIVATE BANKS AND OTHER STRATEGIC SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY:

* Expropriate a minimum of 60% of designated categories of existing companies.

* Stop private ownership of companies such as Sasol and Arcelor-Mittal Steel.

* Take over a minimum of 60% ownership of private banks.

* Give such banks developmental and job creation mandates.

 

NATIONALISATION OF THE RESERVE BANK AND CREATION OF A STATE OWNED BANK:

* Ensure that the Reserve Bank is owned and controlled by the state and its policies are linked to industrial development.

* Ensure Reserve Bank policies are aimed at job creation rather than just inflation targeting.

* Use state-owned bank to provide housing and vehicle finance to the poor.

 

STATE OWNED ENTERPRISES:

* Replace current management of State Owned Enterprises by the boards with worker control.

* Retain total control of Eskom, Telkom, Sasol, PetroSA, Denel, SABC, SA Post Office and SAA.

Sundyay Independent



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