Gang wars, private schools, and a united Africa: Inside the EFF NPA

Gang wars, private schools, and a united Africa: Inside the EFF NPA

The EFF has concluded its second National People's Assembly which took place over the past weekend. explores four of the most noteworthy motions to come out of the conference.

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The Economic Freedom Fighters have elected its leaders for the next four years, but this was not the only outcome of the National People's Assembly.

The opportunity was taken to take a stand on certain subjects and also to introduce new projects to the Red Beret's portfolio. explores some of the interesting pledges made to South Africa during the event:

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1. United Africa

The EFF has reiterated its call for an Africa without borders and a single currency. During the NPA, Julius Malema once more called for the continent to do away with its boundary lines, urging SA to lead the endeavour.

2. A private school for the poor

Malema announced on the final day of the event that the EFF would be building a private school which will exclusively cater to poor families.

Named after the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and slotted to be built in Alexandra, the school will be built within the next five years, reports HeraldLIVE.

Malema commented that if leadership should fail in this regard, they should not be voted back into power. He further explained:

"We must build a private school that is owned by the EFF. We are going to build a school in these next five years, and children will go into that school will study free of charge. I do not understand why Patrice Motsepe does not own a private school, I do not understand why Robert Gumede does not own a private school, with all the money they have."

3. End gang wars in the Western Cape

Malema insists the war against drugs and gangs in the Western Cape was winnable with his party on board:

"There is huge potential [for] change in the Western Cape. Our people there are both black and white. We were together in the struggle and must work together to end gang wars. Many lives are being lost due to gang wars and drug addiction in the Western Cape. The EFF must be [at] the forefront fighting gangsterism and crime in the Western Cape. The high rate of murder in that province is like people there are at war with itself."

4. Ban alcohol advertising in SA

The EFF wants to not only totally ban advertising for alcohol products, but also increase the legal age for drinking from 18 to 21.

Delisiwe Ngwenya, who chaired a commission probing the resolution, says the high level of alcohol abuse was concerning:

"The advertising of alcohol is mainly to entice and those who are mostly enticed in consuming alcohol due to the advertising that they see is young people. So, we believe that the advertisement and the consequences that are clear will reduce the intake and the abuse of young people using alcohol."

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