Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

17 March 2014

South Africa: EFF Announces Candidates - 'It's Proof We Are Serious'

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Next in line to announce their list of candidates for the 2014 election has been the EFF, which called a press conference at the Orion Hotel in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Julius Malema never being one to disappoint, a couple of other announcements were also made, including alliances with other parties. By BHEKI C. SIMELANE & THAPELO LEKGOWA.

The EFF may be the new kid on the block, but the commander-in-chief says they're not messing around. Still, at least one of its candidate choices is likely to raise eyebrows, and the fate of the party's intrepid leader remains uncertain. So it was with some interest that a room full of journalists gathered to hear the party's scheduled announcement.

The press conference kicked off just after the clock struck noon, and commander-in-chief Julius Malema arrived only just in time. He soon made his presence felt, however, immediately demanding that anyone who was not a journalist or not invited leave the room directly.

Malema's professional intentions were obvious from the start. It is clear that since he left the ANCYL, much work has been done on his media presence. Reading out the names of the candidates (excluding his own - Floyd Shivambu had that...

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