EFF elections lists: 50% women, includes #FeesMustFall leaders

EFF elections lists: 50% women, includes #FeesMustFall leaders

- The EFF's newly-released parliamentary election list is made up of 50% women

- Additionally, it features several members of the #FeesMustFall movement

- The party said it was pushing to be have a young and diverse list

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The EFF has published its list of parliamentary candidates for the upcoming elections.

The list has a 50/50 split between men and women and includes several leaders of the #FeesMustFall movement .

These include Naledi Chirwa and Vuyani Pambo, who were key figures in the protests which shut down universities in 2015 and resulted in Jacob Zuma declaring a 0% fee increase for the following year.

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The EFF has said that it is happy to have these activists on their election lists, saying they had proven their commitment to the "fight for economic freedom", according to spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. 

Ndlozi referred to the candidates as "young revolutionaries".

While the #FeesMustFall movement did achieve a moderate victory in 2015, the protests were criticised for their sometimes violent nature and for resulting in an estimated R600 million worth of damage to university property.

Ndlozi also said that the party's decision to have 50% of their candidates be women was driven by the EFF's dedication to gender representation.

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Unsurprisingly, the top two candidates on the EFF's lists were Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu, with Dali Mpofu coming in at third place, according to The South African.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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