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‘We want our land now, want jobs now”

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Commander, Julius Malema, laid down the gauntlet at the Moses Mabhida stadium when he said our true liberation cannot be postponed any longer; the masses need jobs now.

Malema was speaking at the EFF election manifesto launch in front of a full-capacity Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban on Saturday. He said the political change-over in 1994 did not bring true liberation because black people were still subjected to economic and social apartheid.

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‘BLACK PEOPLE STILL UNDER ECONOMIC APARTHEID’

“We cannot postpone the true liberation of our people from economic apartheid. We want our land now. We want jobs now. We demand the economy now!” said Malema.

“We are not part of the 1994 elite pact. We are a completely new generation with new demands. And our demands, unlike those of the 1994 generation, will not be postponed. We refuse to be silenced with so-called reconciliation. We want justice now.”

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‘LANDLESSNESS STILL A LIVED REALITY FOR MAJORITY’

Malema said the EFF’s emphasis for the 2024 general elections will be on land, jobs, and load shedding, which he said was caused by an incompetent, directionless, and visionless government.

The former ANC Youth League president said 80% of the population occupies less than 10% of South Africa’s land. “Landlessness is still the lived reality of most of our people,” he said.

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ONE MILLION JOBS BY 2029 SAYS EFF

The controversial leader said the EFF government will ensure the creation of millions of decent jobs between 2024 and 2029 and deal with the social housing and road infrastructure backlog.

It will double social grants to reduce the poverty crisis levels and boost domestic economic demands, provide free quality education, health care, houses and sanitation.

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ABOLISHMENT OF TENDERS

“Nationalisation of mines, banks and other strategic sectors of the economy, without compensation. Building state and government capacity, which will lead to the abolishment of tenders,” Malema said

“The wage gap is also one of the biggest contributors to inequality. Statistics show that in South Africa, the wealthiest three billionaires own more wealth than the poorest 26 million citizens.”

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