Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says party candidates who are going to Parliament must have academic qualifications.
Malema says former Members of Parliament (MP’s) who have been selected to stand in the elections again will have to write a report on what they did during their time in the national legislature.
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WE WANT CANDIDATES WHO WANT TO STUDY MORE: MALEMA
“When we move forward, we must raise the bar. Deputy president (Floyd Shivambu), in the top 50 of people who are going to Parliament, there must be 10 of them with PhDs. In our list 10 of them with PhDs and we have got them. They are there,” Malema said.
He also said they did not want to elect leaders based on the fact that they were good with slogans, they want candidates who want to study and get more qualifications, the Independent Online reported.
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‘PEOPLE WHO DON’T ATTEND MEETINGS NOT GOING BACK TO PARLIAMENT’
“You must have some skills. Those of you who were in Parliament now, you have to write a report on why you must go back to Parliament. What have you done, we are not doing any interview, we are not going to conduct any interview. Nothing. You are going to write down what have you done when you were in Parliament,” he said.
“The transcript is there. You can go back to Parliament and check and tell us in the committee meetings how many times did you make an input and which one is outstanding. We are not sending back to Parliament (the) mediocre that does not attend committees and Parliament, that does not speak in Parliament and that does not do oversight. What have you done? There must be an explanation. You must motivate why you must go back.”
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MUST HAVE MATRIC CERTIFICATE AND POST-MATRIC QUALIFICATIONS: MALEMA
Malema said candidates must hold a matric certificate and post-matric qualifications, including skills in various sectors such as energy, water and sanitation, technology, local economic development, health, justice and others.
He also said the EFF’s list of candidates to Parliament must reflect the demographics of South Africa, where 40% of them must be the youth and 50% must be women.
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