Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: Formula 777 - the Magic Poverty Killer for the EFF's First 100 Days in Gauteng

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Photo: Economic Freedom Fighters
Economic Freedom Fighters supporters.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are the unknown factor in this year's elections. The party is carrying itself like a heavyweight, ready for power.

The latest Ipsos poll suggests getting 5% will be a win. Whatever the outcome, Gauteng premier candidate Dali Mpofu is ready, releasing his plan for the first 100 days on Thursday.

Formula 777. It sounds like something from a sci-fi pastiche. Google it and you'll see an instruction guide on weed killer.

"Applicators and other handlers must wear: goggles or face shield; long-sleeved shirt and long pants; chemical-resistant gloves such as barrier laminate; neoprene rubber, nitrile rubber or viton; and shoes and socks." Only trained professionals need apply and if ingested, call your nearest poison control centre.

Thursday morning, Dali Mpofu sits in the middle of a table Fighters, all bereted, most in red polo shirts. They're a youngish, stylish bunch. A "Vote Dali Mpofu" poster hangs off the table in front of the hopeful premier. The 17th Orion Hotel Devonshire looks over Braamfontein. Behind Mpofu is downtown Joburg and the expanse of mine dumps on the way to the townships. Ahead is a view of the leafy northern suburbs, the wealth the ...

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