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EFF in search of 400 000 registered members to reach its 1 million target this year

EFF members braved the rain to hear the CIC Julius Malema speak on Human Rights Day. Timothy Bernard African News Agency (ANA)

EFF members braved the rain to hear the CIC Julius Malema speak on Human Rights Day. Timothy Bernard African News Agency (ANA)

Published May 18, 2022


Durban – THE EFF have set their sights on accumulating close to 400 000 new registered members to reach it 1 million membership target before the end of the year.

South Africa Sharpeville 21 March 2022. EFF commemorates those who died during what was then called the Sharpeville massacre now Human Rights day. Hundreds of EFF members braved the rain to hear the CIC Julius Malema speak on Human Rights day. As usual he denounced the ANC but pledged his support for Russia and condemned those who are responsible for the killing at Sharpeville. Picture: Timothy Bernard African News Agency (ANA)

The red berets’ national Spokesperson, Sinawo Thambo, said the party currently had “just above 600 000” members since their campaign began, with all their provinces, regions and branches having been given their respective targets in order for the EFF to reach 1 million members.

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“They all have their daily targets to meet, to ensure that the EFF this year does a quantitative recruitment campaign and then in 2023 we will go on a qualitative campaign where we are going to be giving political education to all of these 1 million to ensure that when we go to 2024 we have a politically educated 1 million battalion to ensure victory,” Thambo said.

South Africa - Johannesburg -07 Apri 2022 - EFF president Julius Malema and Dr Mbuyeseni Ndlozi appeared in court, they were accused of assaulting colonel Johannes Venter in April 2018 during an altercation at the funeral of ANC struggle stalwart Winnie Mandela in Fourways. EFF members came in numbers to support Malema. Picture: Nokuthula Mbatha/African News Agency(ANA)

He said for the 2024 general election their primary goal was “ultimate victory” and they were building on the gains the party made in the various provinces in previous elections, particularly where they were the opposition.

“These are places such as Mpumalanga, the North West, Limpopo and of cause ensure that in Gauteng we continue to exhibit growth and in KwaZulu-Natal, where our people have shown an immense amount of confidence in the EFF.

“We expect to make tremendous growth in those areas as well, but the ultimate aim is total victory and it is this campaign that is going to ensure that this happens,” Thambo said.

Gauteng province was the biggest feeder to the EFF’s 1 million membership campaign, but Thambo said they were also making progress in the Eastern Cape, North West and the Northern Cape provinces.

“There’s good progress in Limpopo where we have disbanded all of our structures and undergone a rebuilding programme, so everywhere we are going to make an attempt to reach our target and perhaps go over and beyond that.

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“It will be in December when we are able to make a pronouncement whether we’ve been able to reach our target or not, but we are confident that we’ll achieve what we’ve set out to do,” Thambo said.


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