Malema confident about election list

Johannesburg - EFF leader Julius Malema is confident about the list of candidates the party has submitted to the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC), he said on Monday.

“There won't be a province where we won't be in charge,” Malema told reporters in Johannesburg.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is seen at the protest movement's launch. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA. Credit: SAPA

“The leadership we have today will have the capacity to address the issues of the people.

“There is no chair that we are not contesting this year. It is only us and the ANC that has 830 candidates listed,” he said.

Some of the listed candidates were members of other political parties that would not be contesting the elections independently, he said.

Those parties included the Socialist Party of Azania and the Black Consciousness Party.

A Democratic Alliance Limpopo MPL Meisie Kennedy was also among the Economic Freedom Fighters candidates.

“The South African Constitution embraces freedom of movement. When [I] met Malema it felt like the perfect fit. Like a hand in a glove,” she said.

“I saw the EFF as a remedy for our people to be taken out of poverty. I am concerned [about] our people,” she said.

Members of the Sopa and BCP present at the announcement of the listed candidates said they aligned with the EFF because they had common ideologies and the party's struggle for land redistribution and economic freedom resonated with their own parties' vision.

Malema, along with lawyer Dali Mpofu and Floyd Shivambu, handed over the party's candidate lists last Wednesday.

Malema was the party's presidential candidate, Shivambu was number four on the party's national list, and Mpofu was listed as the EFF's Gauteng premier candidate.