Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

24 February 2014

South Africa: Malema's South African Dream - the Wish List for Economic Freedom

analysis

If you thought the six million job opportunities contained in the ANC manifesto sounded far-fetched, it has nothing on the 32-page shopping list of the Economic Freedom Fighters.

The EFF manifesto even makes Numsa's Irvin Jim sound tame by comparison. It's socialist transformation on steroids and it's coming to a mine, bank, farm and even an e-toll gantry near you, once the EFF takes power. Behold the wonderful, meaningful world of Malema.

In the message preceding the EFF's elections manifesto, the Commander in Chief Julius Malema writes: "The EFF Election Manifesto, unlike others, does not present promises; it offers commitments that will be implemented ... Our programme is socialist. As a Marxist-Leninist Fanonian organisation, we believe that it is only through a socialist transformation programme that we will end the suffering of our people."

The devil, and populist genius, is in the detail. Here are some "highlights" of what South Africa would be like under President Malema.

Under an EFF government, the lowest paid workers will all get a bump up in their earning and a national minimum wage of R4,500 will be introduced. At the manifesto launch in Tembisa on Saturday, the crowd cheered gleefully as Malema ...

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