The EFF describes itself as a ‘’radical, leftist, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movement with an internationalist outlook anchored by popular grassroots formations and struggle’’.
One of the most important moments during the assembly was when the leader, Julius Malema committed the party to socialism: ‘’Socialism does not do away with personal non-exploitative property.
Socialism does away with private property owned by individuals and used to make a profit such as factories and banks.
Socialism to us primarily means that we should collectively develop the productive forces and make sure that all people have equal access to economic sustainability and have basic needs’’, he said.
Over the weekend of 13-16 December 2014 the Economic Freedom Fighters held their first national congress.
The event was attended by more than 2000 delegates, representing more than 500 000 members.
This was an excellent turnout for a party which is just over one year old!The ‘’National Peoples Assembly’’ was held in the Free State city of Mangaung.This is a welcome outcome and a significant step forward.The emergence of the EFF to the left of the ANC is a clear manifestation of the radicalisation taking place in South African society.No other opposition party in the last two decades has made such a sudden and dramatic entrance onto the political arena.But the emergence of the EFF necessitates a closer look at the party and some of its leading policy positions.