EFF to contest 2014 elections

Julius Malema is expected to register his party with the Independent Electoral Commission.

The Economic Freedom Fighters holds a rally in Sebokeng on 13 July 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has confirmed it will officially register as a political party and contest next year's general elections following this weekend's national assembly.

The two day assembly, currently underway in Soweto, adopted the party's first founding manifesto and constitution.

Provincial spokesperson Patrick Sindane says EFF will provide South Africans with an alternative.

"[We are] the radical, militant and revolutionary alternative movement which will ensure that the black majorities in this country actually realise their goals and mission of attaining economic freedom in our lifetime."

He says the national assembly has agreed to adopt the nationalisation of mines, banks and other strategic sectors as its central policy.

"As the Economic Freedom Fighters we are not racial, we are not sexist but we are for a unified South African and African continent."

South Africa will go to the polls in 2014. The country has over 100 political parties.

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma on Friday took a swipe at ANC critics. He said they have done nothing for the country.

He called on voters to help the ruling party win the upcoming elections with a majority.