The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) acknowledges the uttering of the African National Congress National Working Committee (ANC NWC) contained in the media statement they issued on 29 July by Gwede Mantashe.
According to ANC NWC, South Africa has witnessed the entering of a fascist movement into parliamentary politics. This movement uses uniform to mobilise in the same way that Hitler used brown shirts in 1930s.
The ANC NWC further stated that the worrying factor in this regard is its use of anarchy and destruction as their modus operandi. This anarchy and destruction fits in to the paramilitary content of their strategy, which shows early signs of a rebel movement; designed and calculated to undermine democracy and state institutions.
“How on earth can a committee of people who are supposed to lead South Africa come to a characterisation that the EFF is Nazi inspired organisation and movement?,” said the EFF.
“The EFF has nothing to do with Nazis and is not inspired by Hitler. During elections, the ANC imitated the EFF’s red berets and when such failed, they turn and label the EFF as fascist because of its proudly red colour and political party regalia.”
“Gwede Mantashe and ilk fail to acknowledge that all political parties in the world have political party symbols and there is completely nothing wrong with that. The EFF chose to associate with workers, hence we proudly and unashamedly wear red overalls and all clothes that are used by the working class and the poor.”
“Such an act is not fascist and does not represent Hitler as suggested by the intellectually lazy National Working Committee of the ANC.”
Intellectual laziness is always reflected and exposed through failure to politically and ideologically characterise developments, and the ANC has always failed to understand that EFF. The EFF is not what the ANC say we are; the EFF’s true character is correctly and cogently is paragraphs 26, 27 and 28 of the EFF Founding Manifesto.
“The EFF is a radical, leftist, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movement with an internationalist outlook anchored by popular grassroots formations and struggles. The EFF will be the vanguard of community and workers’ struggles and will always be on the side of the people. The EFF will, with determination and consistency, associate with the protest movement in South Africa and will also join in struggles that defy unjust laws.”
The EFF takes lessons from the notation that “political power without economic emancipation is meaningless”. The movement is inspired by ideals that promote the practice of organic forms of political leadership, which appreciate that political leadership at whatever level is service, not an opportunity for self-enrichment and self-gratification.
The EFF draws inspiration from the broad Marxist-Leninist tradition and Fanonian schools of thought in their analyses of the state, imperialism, culture and class contradictions in every society. Through organic engagement and a constant relationship with the masses, Economic Freedom Fighters provide clear and cogent alternatives to the current neo-colonial economic system, which in many countries keep the oppressed under colonial domination and subject to imperialist exploitation.
“Gwede Mantashe is the epitome of a leadership crisis that has made it its business to destroy every hope of the working class in all formations that mobilise for its emancipation. Each organisation that Mantashe has laid hands on has collapsed; the NUM is today on its knees, the SACP only exists to facilitate Blade Nzimande’s factional interests of being ANC President, and Mantashe is now busy undoing COSATU.”
“To be fascist is to go all over undoing the formations of the working class by diluting their agenda and destroying their collective independent voice.”
The EFF will grow as an economic emancipation movement and will lead South African society, and when true freedom is here, the people of South Africa, Africa and the world will rejoice that a movement that represents the people is leading South Africa.