The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is a South African pan-Africanist political party that seeks to act in the interest of South Africans by striving for socialism and economic emancipation. As an organised group, there is a process to follow to become a member. The EFF membership accreditation is explained in the following paragraphs.
According to the organisation's constitution, they draw their inspiration from the broad Marxist-Leninist tradition and Fanonian schools of thoughts. The political party is at the forefront of criticising the African National Congress and the Democratic Alliance, which is the ANC's primary opposition party. They aim at tackling corruption, providing quality social housing, and free primary health care and education for every South African, among other things.
As of the time when the movement was established, there were more than 1,000 members already. How many members does the EFF have? As of 2014, the total number of registered members was more than 400,000. Currently, the party is said to be the third-largest in both houses of the South African Parliament. The student's wing, after founding it in 2015, reportedly has about 100,000 students as members with branches across the nine provinces of the country.
Who is the founder of EFF?
President and commander-in-chief Julius Sello Malema founded the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). When was EFF formed? It was formed on the 26th of July, 2013, after Malema was expelled as the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president. Before it happened in April 2012, he served in that capacity from 2008 to 2012.
What qualifications does Julius Malema have? He finished Mohlakaneng High School, Seshego, Limpopo, before completing two years diploma in youth development through the University of South Africa (UNISA) in 2010. Then, he obtained a BA (Honours) in Philosophy from the same university in 2017. Currently, he is reportedly studying for a Master's degree at the University of the Witwatersrand.
What does the EFF do?
On the Economic Freedom Fighters ideology, the radical and militant economic emancipation movement was founded to bring together revolutionary community-based organisations and militant activists under an umbrella. So, as a political party, they would pursue the struggle of economic emancipation.
The EFF's fight for peace is the complete overthrow of the neo-liberal anti-black state, the bourgeoisie and all those that exploit. They also aim at overthrowing the establishment of the dictatorship of the people instead of the bourgeoisie and the prevalence of socialism over capitalism.
More so, the central operation of the movement is the achievement of socialism through the power of the people and the establishment of a state that caters to the people's needs. Specifically, the party opposes regionalism, tribalism, and cultural and religious intolerance while also defending the national integrity and liberation of the oppressed black majority in South Africa.
EFF membership application
Depending on the level of membership that an intending member wants to belong to, an EFF membership fee of R10 is payable to the WCT Coordinator or BCT secretary, or the movement's bank account. The registration fee is payable after filling the EFF membership form online.
Alternatively, for anyone who prefers the printed format, the EFF membership application form PDF or Word document can be downloaded on their official website.
EFF membership requirements
Before applying to be a member, the prospective member must have attained the age of 18. Besides, the following are required:
- Accept the movement's constitution;
- Join a branch and be active there;
- Payment of the EFF membership fee as and when due;
- Loyalty, observance, and respect for the policies, resolutions, and decisions made in the organisation;
- Faithfulness to the revolutionary ideas of the organisation;
- Willingness to work for the interest of South Africans, Africans, and other oppressed people in the world;
- Boldness in making internal constructive criticisms without favour or fear of anyone.
How to get EFF membership card?
The steps are simple. Once the EFF membership form has been downloaded and filled, the intending member has to pay the required registration fee at any branch of the FNB into the movement's account. After that, he or she will contact the provincial coordinator to be attached to a branch and also get an EFF membership card.
EFF membership levels
As a body, there are different levels of membership that anyone joining the party can belong to. Depending on the category a prospective member belongs to, he or she could join the student, youth, or women commands. These are explained below.
This is established as an autonomous structure in various higher institutions of learning. Some sizable training institutes also have branches there. By implication, a learner in any institution where a branch of the organisation is can join the party there.
As the youth wing of the Economic Freedom Fighters South Africa, they are saddled with the responsibility of organising young people under the umbrella of the mother body. They champion different activities and also advocate for the rights, aspirations and interests of young people. Anyone joining this command is expected to be between 14 and 35 years old.
As the women's wing of the movement, they organise women who are not less than 18 years to promote the rights of women and also remove whatever stands as a stumbling block to their development as full and equal members of society. They work with men, as the case may be, to put an end to patriarchy in society.
EFF membership branches
As of 2018, the red berets, as popularly called, had not less than 3,892 branches. A breakdown of the branches by provinces include the following:
- Eastern Cape - 616 branches
- Free State - 278 branches
- Gauteng - 469 branches
- KwaZulu-Natal - 783 branches
- Limpopo - 546 branches
- Mpumalanga - 362 branches
- North West - 285 branches
- Northern Cape - 185 branches
- Western Cape - 368 branches
EFF contact details
For further inquiries, the address of the movement and the EFF membership numbers are given below:
- Physical address: 78 De Korte St, Johannesburg, 2000
- Phone: 011 403 2313
- Website: effonline.org
The EFF membership is open to everyone that is above 18 years, irrespective of their sex, family background and social status.
As part of EFF's mandate to overthrow the neo-liberal anti-black state in the country, Briefly.co.za earlier reported how the party planned to protest against Clicks pharmacy's advert, which they interpreted as degrading to the blacks before the court granted an interdict.