- The Economic Freedom Fighters have delivered a memorandum with a list of demands to the South African Football Association (SAFA)
- The EFF's demands are regarding the pay received by players of the SA national women's soccer team Banyana Banyana
- The EFF want their 10 demands to be met within 30 days or they will stop all Bafana Bafana matches in SA
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have recently delivered a list of demands to the South African Football Association (SAFA) regarding Banyana Banyana. The red berets also threatened that there wouldn't be any Bafana Bafana matches played in SA if their demands were not met.
The EFF want their demands to be met within 30 days. The party also wants Banyana to be paid an appearance fee of R50 000 and a bonus of R90 000 when they represent Mzansi. Julius Malema's party also wants Banyana players to receive a daily allowance of R5 000.
The demands went on to say that the players must be paid in dollars if they are playing outside South Africa. The party protested outside SAFA House recently and were joined by former Banyana captain Portia Modise.
Times Live reported that Tebogo Motlanthe, SAFA's chief executive, has confirmed that the organisation has received the EFF's memorandum with demands. While The South African reported that the memorandum had 10 demands.
Take a look at some of the responses to the EFF and their stance on Banyana Banyana below:
I agree with the equal pay fight. Just don't think the "No Bafana Bafana games" is rational.
"The EFF should lead by example and donate to Banyana Banyana or even sponsor the SAFA."
"I'm fully behind EFF who demands that SAFA pays each Banyana Banyana player R50 000 per game our ladies are really behind overlooked compared to Bafana Bafana p'layers."
@IamAlphonzo also said:
"Women's football cant be equated to men's football, it brings no money to SAFA, they use male football sponsors to fund it, this doesn't make business sense, even women would rather watch male football than female football, they don't even attend Banyana Banyana games."
@NcwaneTokollo responded to the news about the EFF's demands with:
"One thing about EFF. They've got their finger on the pulse of SA's issues. Whether your agree with their stances on the various issues is another question. But you can't deny that they are so switched on they make ANC look like it's sleeping."
Briefly.co.za previously reported that the EFF had marched in honour of Banyana not being treated equally. Former Banyana Banyana Captain Portia Modise took the stage with the EFF who are championing the fight for Banyana Banyana to get equal treatment. Modise was particularly upset that Bafana Bafana funerals are afforded far more respect that those of Banyana Banyana players.
A video was shared by the EFF on Twitter of Modise arguing her point:
"Former Banyana Banyana Captain Portia Modise speaking about the unfair treatment the National Women’s team receives. Even when Banyana Banyana players bury each other, they are not afforded the same respect as Bafana Bafana. #EFFBanyanaPicket"
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