The new political party founded by Julius Malema, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), says it has secured over 1 000 new members. “We received 1 100 new members on the first day of recruiting,” said party leader Malema at a media briefing in Soweto. “If this becomes a trend then we will be getting 1 000 member[s] every day…it’s going to be bigger than what we expected.” This exceeded their expectations, he said.
The EFF – which had gathered in Soweto for a two day national assembly – plans to contest next year’s general election. Malema said the EFF would be officially registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) tomorrow after a few amendments had been made, including changes to its logo. The EFF logo depicted an arrow instead of a spear and this was to be changed. Malema said the party would register with double the required number of members needed to contest the election. “I was told by the IEC that we should have 500 members to register but we are going to register with 1 100 new members,” the former ANC Youth League leader said.
In the meantime Julius Malema is still facing corruption charges in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court 😉