EFF to march for economic transformation today

The party will march to SA's Reserve Bank, the Chamber of Mines and the JSE.

FILE. Thousands are expected to join the national march, led by Julius Malema. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members prepare to march for economic freedom today, the party says it wants to see the creation of free quality education.

Thousands are expected to join the national march, led by Julius Malema.

The party says it remains as committed to the quest for free education now as it was when it was first started.

The EFF says it can't be accused of using the recent Fees Must Fall campaign for its own publicity as it's always made calls for free education, from crèche to tertiary level.

The party's Godrich Gardee says the EFF has been the most vocal party in showing support for students.

"We were the only party that campaigned on the ticket of free quality education up to the first degree at tertiary level. It can be that today we're accused of opportunism."

Last week, EFF Members of Parliament were thrown out of the National Assembly after they disrupted proceedings, chanting 'Fees Must Fall'.

Demonstrators will march to the South African Reserve Bank, the Chamber of Mines and the JSE today.

Meanwhile, the party says its march today will target major role players in South Africa's financial sector, to demand changes that will see economic transformation.

The party has called on members of the public to join its march.

It's expected that thousands of members from across the country will gather in Newtown before marching.

Gardee says each institution will be handed demands specific to its operations.

"The governor of the Reserve Bank, in his mandatory policies, he should consider bringing down the interest rate. To the Chamber of Mines, we're going to tell them that they've got blood on their hands. To members of the JSE, deracialise the economy."

JHB MOTORISTS WILL BE AFFECTED BY MARCH

Johannesburg motorists are advised to expect traffic disruptions in the CBD this morning.

Thousands are expected to gather at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown at 10am, to begin their march to the South African Reserve Bank first.

Sandton motorists can expect disruptions later this afternoon as the march makes its way to the JSE.

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department's Wayne Minnaar says, "The march with go north, into Rissik Street, north into Joubert Street, then Victoria Street, Oxford Road, Rivonia Road and west into Maude Street."

Some of the party's demands include the nationalisation of mines, the creation of a fair, state-owned bank and the banning of labour brokers.