- EFF leader Julius Malema claims that his party has forced the ruling ANC and President Ramaphosa to adopt policies such as land expropriation and free tertiary education
- Malema has made no secret of wanting to drive the national policy debate ahead of the 2019 general election and claims the EFF has forced the ANC to stop being wishy-washy
- The ANC has denied that pressure from the EFF has led to the adoption of land expropriation without compensation and said the party had decided to enact the policy on its own
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema claims his party has forced the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and President Cyril Ramaphosa into adopting radical socio-economic policies such as land expropriation without compensation and free tertiary education.
Malema feels that he now has Ramaphosa right where he wants him and has claimed that the EFF and not the ANC is actually leading the political agenda ahead of the crucial 2019 general election.
Malema said the EFF has forced Ramaphosa to take bold action rather than remaining ‘wishy-washy’ on certain topics. He added that Ramaphosa’s announcement that the ANC would seek to adopt a change in the Constitution was proof of his and the ANC’s desperate need to change the political narrative.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the EFF has now targeted nationalising the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and will be pressuring the ANC to come good on a promise it made about the SARB during its December elective conference.
The EFF has called for the nationalisation of the SARB almost since its inception and has grown tired of the ANC dragging its feet on the matter.
BusinessLive.co.za reported that the ANC launched an extensive (and long-term) process to determine how best to nationalise the SARB without affecting its independence which is protected by the Constitution.
Political analysts and experts have likened the current state of politics in South Africa to a very small tail wagging a very big dog. Political analyst, Tinyiko Maluleke said the ANC was in danger of looking like it was only capable of reacting to the EFF rather than leading the country.
TimesLive.co.za reported that the ANC has rubbished Malema’s claims and said it reached the decision to enact land expropriation on its own. The ANC said the decision was based in part on the need to do adopt the policy in a manner which would not cause the economy to collapse while addressing the needs of the black majority.
Ramaphosa has been at pains to assure international investors that land reforms were needed in order to redress historical imbalances and could actually be used to help the South African economy grow.
Despite these assurances investors have been somewhat spooked by the proposed policy and Ramaphosa has struggled to attract some of the billions of dollars which he has targeted over the next five years.
Some within the ANC have suggested that land ownership should be limited to 12,000 hectares per person. ANC chairman Gwede Mantashe is one notable supporter of this policy and has publicly noted that any farmer who owns more than that amount of land should give the balance of their land to the state for the purpose of redistribution.
The EFF, meanwhile, supports a model where the state owns all land in the country and leases land to private and commercial entities.
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