EFF: We don’t believe a word the ANC said

EFF acting spokesman Fana Mokwena says the EFF embodies the true Freedom Charter.

FILE: EFF leaders on the podium following their nominations into the party's top national leadership positions.Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says the Freedom Charter does not belong to the African National Congress (ANC) and it is opportunistic of the ruling party to use the document in a bid to win support.

President Jacob Zuma yesterday delivered the ANC's annual January 8 statement in Cape Town under the theme "Reclaiming the Freedom Charter" which was adopted 60 years ago as a road map towards a liberated South Africa.

The document is the culmination of thousands of people envisioning what a free South Africa would be like during apartheid and is based on transferring a bulk of the country's economy to the state.

Currently the ANC estimates that about 70 percent of South Africa's economy exists in the private sector.

EFF acting spokesman Fana Mokwena says the EFF embodies the true Freedom Charter and the ANC has abandoned it.

"It exposes the double standards of the African National Congress in that, on the one hand, it is based on the NDP which is the opposite of the Freedom Charter and then, for populist purposes it then goes out in public and says we are claiming back the Freedom Charter. We don't believe a word they said yesterday."

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